Mangaluru, May 11, 2016: The Mangaluru City Corporation will file an impleading application in the Supreme Court to get clearance to use water from the Lakya Dam in Chikkamagaluru for meeting drinking water needs in the city.
Lakya Dam, located in the Kudremukh National Park area, was built across a stream by KIOCL to store ore sediments. Following stoppage of operations of KIOCL in Kudremukh on the orders of the Supreme Court, the KIOCL obtained permission of the Supreme Court for using two million gallons per day (MGD) water for its unit in Mangaluru. The pipeline that used to bring iron ore in liquid form now brings just water through gravitation.
Corporation commissioner H.N. Gopalakrishna told reporters here on Tuesday that since KIOCL has temporarily stopped operations of the city unit, the corporation can make use of the two million gallons per day of water for meeting the drinking water needs in Surathkal and neighbouring areas. The corporation also wants an additional three million gallons per day of water from the dam.
Mr. Gopalakrishna said that the corporation will file an impleading application before the Supreme Court seeking clearance for using Lakya Dam water. “KIOCL has no objection to the impleading application and the application will be filed in the next few days,” he said.
On the delay in filing the impleading application, Mr. Gopalakrishna said that it was due to preoccupation of the official concerned in addressing water scarcity in the city.
Meanwhile, Mayor Harinath said that water was being supplied to different parts of the city once every three days. He said that 56 vehicles fitted with fibre tanks were being sent to supply water to areas reeling under water scarcity.