Mangaluru, Aug 6, 2015 : At a meeting at the Circuit House on September 17, 2014 to discuss the issue, Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada B. Ramanath Rai had instructed Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat to take over a water supply line with a capacity of 2.25 million gallons a day (MGD) from the MCC, in order to supply water to houses under gram panchayats between Thumbe and Adyar.
Illegal tapping of drinking water from three pipelines of the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) between Thumbe and Adyar continues unabated. The loss of water due to this is estimated between 30 million litres a day (MLD) and 40 MLD, said MCC officials.
Minister Rai had asked the panchayat to take over the line within a week so that illegal connections on the other two could be disconnected, But it has not yet been done.
The meeting was attended, among others, by the two MLAs of the city, the then Mayor Mahabala Marla, and the then ZP chief executive officer Thulasi Maddeneni. According to the corporation, there were at least 25 illegal connections along the route of the pipelines.
N.R. Umesh, Deputy Secretary, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, said that treated water was not being supplied in the 2.25 million MGD capacity pipeline. People had taken connections from other main pipelines.
As people demand treated water, constructing a water treatment plant at Thumbe to supply water through the 2.25 MGD capacity pipeline would cost about Rs. 23 crore.
The panchayat in its 2015-16 budget had reserved a token grant of one-third of the estimated cost for it. He said it would require at least two years to realise this project as the ZP did not have sufficient funds. Umesh said the demand of the corporation to fix water meters to illegal connections and remit the bill amount to the corporation was under discussion.
He said that a meeting to this effect was conducted recently with presidents of gram panchayat between Thumbe and Adyar. A decision was yet to materialize.