Chief Minister-designate Siddharamaiah yesterday expressed deep concern over the receded level of KRS reservoir and said that he would hold a meeting at the Chief Secretary level in Bangalore soon after taking oath as the Chief Minister.

Siddharamaiah was speaking to a delegation of the Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM), led by its Convener M. Lakshmana, at the former’s residence in Sharadadevi Nagar.

Lakshmana told SOM that he had submitted a memorandum to Siddharamaiah pointing out that the water level in KRS had reached dead-storage level and drinking water for Mysore city will be available for another 10 days only.

Lakshmana had earlier made a power point presentation at the Institution of Engineers in which he shed light on the fact that the KRS reservoir level had depleted and the volume of water available was 1.041 TMC, not even sufficient for the next 10 days.

“According to the predictions of Meteorological Department, onset of monsoon is going to take place only by the end of June and till then, drinking water scarcity is going to crop up as a major issue,” said Lakshman and accused the District Administration of not taking any action.

“Mysore city, which has a population of over 15 lakh, needs 200 Million Litres a Day (MLD). But at present, it is receiving 75 MLD lesser than the demand,” said Lakshman who added, “Out of the 668 borewells in city, 50% of them are not functioning.”

Lakshmana insisted on installing heavy-duty pumps to lift and supply water from the reservoir and suggested that if the water supply from Yedamuri Settukatte through the Chikkadevaraya Canal is stopped, it would yield an additional 45 MLD of water to the city.

To elevated places in city where water cannot be supplied through pipes, Lakshman suggested that ample volumes of water be supplied through tanker-trucks. He also opined that instead of blaming the Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWW) for the problem of water scarcity, the Jamshedpur Utilities & Services Company (JUSCO) must be held responsible.

Retired Chief Engineers Nagendra, P. Seetharam, Institutions of Engineers Honorary Secretary T.R. Sathyanarayana, Joint Director P. Sampath and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore