Mangaluru: Mayor Harinath, Deputy Mayor Supriya Kariya, MCC Commissioner Dr Gopalakrishna along with other council members visited the Thumbay Dam to access the availability of the water, on April 23.
Addressing the mediapersons Harinath said, “This time Mangaluru is facing a water crisis, this is not created by us but because of less rainfall in the year 2015. Last year there was 50% less rainfall. During the previous years when we came here, the dam was flowing and there was sufficient rainfall in the month of April. But this time, there is no rainfall to date. At present water in the Thumbay Dam is 8.5 ft and in the AMR dam it is 12 meters. We are releasing the water step by step every alternate day so that we can get water for 18 days and from the AMR Dam another 5 days. So the available water now is sufficient for 23 days. We need support from the people”.
He further said that we have appointed Lingegowda as the team head to monitor the flow of water. We have appointed one junior engineer, 5 Assistant engineers and 3 executive engineers for every 3 wards. Earlier during the water crisis, Lingegowda had worked efficiently and he is a well-experienced person to handle such situations. We are expecting rainfall and in the coming days, there will be rains. Already we have civil engineers and electrical engineers to assist us, they will also assist the ward leaders in providing water. People should use the water for their basic needs and not misuse it.
He also said that we have identified 6 places for borewells, 2 borewells are dug in Vamanjoor and Pachanady and will be operational soon. Another four borewells will be dug soon. All the private water sources in the city will be utilized. We will supply water through tankers and already four tankers are deployed to supply water.
When asked why we cannot utilize Gujjarakere by cleaning it, Harinath said that the MLA of Mangaluru South is estimating the cost to carry out modification of the drainage system there.
We are trying to disconnect all illegal lines which the Zilla Panchayat should have done. People have illegally taken many lines but the MLA said that before disconnecting we have to take measures to provide them water.
If anyone in Ward number 14, 21, 22, 46, 47, 48,,49, 53, 52 and 54 is facing scarcity of water they may contact.
Lingegowda +9480871854, Naresh Shenoy +9448502777, Yashwant Kumar +9480871860, Richard +9448549167, Laxman Poojary +9448696487 and Ganapathi +9448391585
For Ward number 12, 13, 15, 16, 20 and 23, contact Ganeshan R +9480871880, Parvatidevi + 9448237851 and Latha +9480871881
For supplying water through tankers to Ward Number 1 to 8, contact Ravishanker +9480871875, Khader +9448216005
Ward number 09, 10, 11 and 60, contact Devaraj + 7411832998
Ward number 30, 32, 33, 34, contact Maralihalli + 9448837205, Deviprasad + 9480871890 and Amrit Kumar + 9480871872.
Ward number 40, 41, 42, 44 and 39 contact Suresh + 9845819818
ward number 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 36 and 43 contact Rajesh + 9480871888
Ward number 37, 38, 50 and 51 contact Krishnanand +9482210385, Roopa + 9480871883
Ward number 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 and 28 contact Prathima + 9480871897
Ward number 35 and 45 contact Vishalnath + 9480871859, Nithyanand +9448869423
Ward number 31 contact Raghupal + 9448254274
Ward number 29 contact Vinod Kumar +9448300753
Mayor Harinath urged the people of Mangaluru to utilize water for basic needs only. If the people of Mangaluru cooperate and utilize water with care there will surely not be much scarcity of water in the city.
When asked about the Yettinahole project, Harinath said, “There is absolutely no problem from the Yettinahole project. Our intention is that people of Mangaluru should not face a water crisis. I will not comment on Yettinahole project”.