Mangaluru: August 22, 2015: Criminal cases will be booked against land owners, who have illegally dumped debris on 20 km long drinking water pipeline stretch by the side of National Highway from Mangaluru city to Thumbe vented dam.
It may be recalled that drinking water pipelines were damaged as a result of illegal dumping of debris from construction sites at a vacant site in Kannur in the city outskirts. Mangaluru city and surrounding areas get drinking water through two 18MGD pipelines (1,100mm and 1,000mm diameter) and another 2MGD pipeline that were laid parallel to Mangaluru - Bengaluru national highway. The entire water supply network had gone defunct after the pipelines broke and as a result, the water supply to the city was totally cut off for more than five days in the first week of August.
After conducting survey, deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim held a meeting on Friday and directed officials of MCC to act tough against those who dumped debris on the land, where the drinking water pipelines are laid. The DC directed MCC officials to issue notices to land owners, who dumped debris on the pipelines. It was also decided to cancel the illegal land conversions and book criminal cases against the land owners. Cases under Sections 133 and 145 of CrPC, Section 192(1) of Karnataka Land Revenue Act and under provisions of Karnataka Municipalities Act will be booked against those encroached the drinking water pipeline area on the stretch between Mangaluru and Thumbe vented dam, the DC said adding that the process should be completed before September 10.
"Those land owners, who have dumped debris on the pipeline area, should clear the debris immediately. Those who want to get land conversion for approach road may obtain the same after submitting applications to MCC. All mandatory conditions should be followed if land owners want conversion and approach road," he said.