The newly elected MLA from Krishnaraja constituency M.K. Somashekar held a meeting with JUSCO and Mysore City Corporation (MCC) officials yesterday to discuss the ongoing problem related to water scarcity in the city.

The meeting, which was called to discuss the water problem, witnessed officials of MCC, JUSCO and VVWW blaming each other for the existing problem.

Irked over this, MLA Somashekar warned the JUSCO officials of cancelling the tender if the mistakes were not set right.

The officials of VVWW blamed JUSCO for the problems faced in supply of drinking water in the City. They also blamed the JUSCO officials for not taking the matter seriously.

Even the JUSCO officials blamed the VVWW officials for neglecting the matter.

All the officials were busy fighting among themselves but not discussing a solution for the perennial water problem that is haunting the city for quite sometime now.

In the meeting which was held at MCC Old Council Hall, Rajagopal, an official attached to VVWW, said that if JUSCO is there to do everything we will go on a 15-day leave.

Speaking on the occasion, Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Sewage Board (KUWSSB) Executive Engineer Subbegowda and VVWW Executive Engineer Subramanya accused JUSCO of working inefficiently and also complained that JUCSO officials were not answering the calls.

They also said that by this time the defunct borewells should have been repaired and an alternative solution been found to solve the water crisis. But JUSCO officials are yet to come out with a solution, they added.

The officials also accused JUSCO, which is in-charge of maintaining the water supply in City, for delaying to provide diesel for the tankers which have been deployed to supply water to various localities in city. The officials of both JUSCO and VVWW were busy accusing each other throughout the meeting.

Prior to the commencement of the meeting, MLA Somashekar took the officials to task and said that because of the officials’ negligence people today were facing problems. He also warned them of strict action after informing Chief Minister regarding the matter.

After holding a meeting with the officials of both VVWW and JUSCO, Somashekar warned the JUSCO officials of cancelling the contract as they had failed to look into the problems of water scarcity in the city.

He also expressed his displeasure over JUSCO being unable to address the issues existing in water supply.

Somashekar said that the public were taking the elected representatives and officials to task. With this being the situation, the JUSCO officials are not receiving the calls and some of them also switch off their mobile phones. To this the JUSCO DGM Suresh Sharma said that they had addressed around 25 out of 35 complaints received regarding water crisis in the city.

Another official said that since he was not in station, he did not receive the call.

Somashekar who was unhappy with the answers given by the JUSCO officials warned them of action if the problems were not addressed at the earliest.

MCC Commissioner P.G. Ramesh, VVWW Chief Executive Engineer Krishna, AEE Rajagopal, JUSCO official Yoganand, Corporators Jagadish, Sunil, Manjula Manasa, Umamani and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore