The newly elected Corporators of Mysore City Corporation (MCC) today gheraoed MCC Commissioner P.G. Ramesh demanding the urban local body to solve the water crisis in the city. Corporators who arrived at the MCC office alleged that officials were negligent about the problems being faced by the citizens and were doing nothing to solve the problem.
Corporators led by former Mayor Ayub Khan, K.T. Cheluvegowda, Mallesh, Cheeni Ravi and M.V. Ramprasad held a meeting with the officials and demanded the problems related to water supply should be addressed immediately.
After hearing the problems put forward by the Corporators, the MCC Commissioner said that the officials were busy with the elections and were not able to concentrate on the problems related to water supply.
He also said that the water level at KRS reduced to 64 ft. which made it difficult to supply drinking water to the city. Ramesh added that the emergency pumps had been switched on to pump in maximum water. Water had also been released to Devaraja canal to fulfill the demands of villagers residing around Mysore city.
“We have been receiving only 60 MLD water to Belagola Pumping Station while we require 90 MLD every day,” said Ramesh.
To this, the Corporators objected saying the officials had not been working giving elections as a reason. Later, they demanded to call Assistant Engineers Nataraj and Rajgopal to the meeting. The officials, who arrived at the spot, said they had been working continuously to solve water problems. Since there was a shortage of water supply to the city, they could only supply the required water for domestic consumption. The officials also said that a rock stood as a hurdle for the water to flow towards the city.
They added that the matter had been brought to the notice of Irrigation Department which has agreed for the removal of the rock to make way for easy flow of water. Further, the officials said that even after the removal of the rock it would take 4-5 days for water to reach the pumping station. They also mentioned that water was being supplied to various localities through tankers and the number of tankers had been increased from 15 to 25.
The Corporators also demanded the officials to stop the flow of water to Bangalore and divert the same to city. To this, the officials replied that they were not entitled to take such a decision. The Corporators said that 1,200 cusecs of water was being let to Bangalore and demanded that at least 100 cusecs should be diverted to Mysore city.
The officials said they would look into the matter and added that 30 MLD water supplied through Kabini had also reduced which added to water woes in the city. The Corporators also demanded a task force to be set up, similar to the previous year, to look into the water woes instead of leaving it alone to JUSCO which had failed to solve the problem.
Vani Vilas Water Works Executive Engineer Subramanya, MCC Superintendent Engineer Krishna and others were present.
Courtesy : Star Of Mysore