With summer reaching its peak and no signs of respite from the sweltering heat, the drinking water scarcity in city is going from bad to worse, as the water level at the KRS reservoir reached its lowest — 66.80 ft. as against last year’s 88.90 ft. on this day.

Though the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) had already taken steps to supply water on alternate days, considering the fast-drying up of KRS reservoir, there are several areas in city where water supply has been affected since the past 15 days while in some areas, water supply is seen once in three to five days, causing severe inconvenience to the citizens.

Residents of Vinaya Marga in Siddhartha Layout have been deprived of water supply since the past 15 days while residential areas like Vani Vilas Mohalla, Mahajana Layout, Manchegowdana Koppal, Railway Layout in Vijayanagar, Mahadeshwara Layout (parts of Gokulam) and Manjunathapura are receiving water only once in three days.

The most affected are the residents of T.K. Layout, Janatha Nagar, Kuvempunagar, K.G. Koppal, some parts of Saraswathipuram and Paduvarahalli areas where water is being supplied in tankers. Former Mayor Pushpalatha Chikkanna, who represents these areas as the Corporator, told SOM that as of now, water is being supplied in tankers frequently to meet the residents’ demands.

Meanwhile, MCC Commissioner P.G. Ramesh has stated in a press release that the citizens must store water when it is supplied and use it judiciously.

“Since the KRS reservoir has reached its dead-storage level, flow of water to Hongalli and Belagola pumping stations has stopped. Hence, water is being pumped through the emergency jackwell pump from the Cauvery river basin near Hongalli. However, water level in the river basin too is fast receding,” said Ramesh, adding that it has become inevitable to implement changes in the timings and quantity of water supply to various layouts of the city.

MCC Executive Engineer Subramanya said that since the quantity of water being supplied is less, there is not enough pressure to reach the elevated areas. Hence, water is supplied in tankers to such areas, he said.

The inflow into KRS reservoir has been reduced to a trickle of 336 cusecs (it was 1497 cusecs last year on this date) while the outflow is 649 cusecs (693 cusecs last year).

While the officials concerned are engrossed in election-related works, the elected representatives blame it on the poll code of conduct in force, though the code does not apply for providing essential services like drinking water.

The newly elected body of MCC, which is yet to get a Mayor and Deputy Mayor, too has become sluggish and non-committal towards the water scarcity problem.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore