No Scarcity of Funds to Supply Drinking Water – Minister Ramanath Rai

Mangaluru: District Minister In-Charge, Ramanath Rai held a meeting regarding issues pertaining to drinking water in the district at the Deputy Commissioner’s office here, on March 26.

Executive Officers from Kateel, Konaje, Bantwal complained of water going dry in their area due to harsh weather conditions. However water was being supplied to these areas by water tankers, but the supply did not meet the demand of 3 MLD of water.


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Ramanath Rai said, “As of now, there are no scarcity of funds from the state government. Already Rs 35 crore is set aside to provide the district with water. In the coming 45 days, each rural constituency will have a borewell dug up at a cost of Rs 50 lakh each and the required amount of electricity will also be provided.”

MCC Commissioner, Dr H N Gopalkrishna assured the public of swift action in this regard.

Speaking about allocation of sand blocks, Ramanath Rai said, “Permission to extract sand on Non-CRZ blocks is already given and to allocate sand blocks on CRZ regions for extraction, a clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) is needed. A meeting in this regard is called on April 5 and by April 15, sand blocks on CRZ will be up for auction.”

He asked ZP and MCC to go ahead with auctioning of the sand blocks under their jurisdiction. ZP CEO, Srividya acknowledged and said that the tenders for the same will be floated by tomorrow.

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