Mangaluru, May 27, 2016: The order on may 26, from DK DC Adoor.B. Ibrahim lifting the ban on industries drawing water from the Netravathi, has pained M’lore mayor Harinath as normality in drinking water supply in the city has not been restored yet.
M’lore mayor Harinath said that being responsible for the welfare of citizens of Mangaluru he has not been consulted on this and that he was not aware of the decision. Mayor Harinath alleged that the DK DC has taken a unilateral decision during a time of crisis.
The Mayor said that only the DK DC should answer how water could be supplied to the people if the catchment areas of the Netravathi did not receive rain before June 10.
“I think the DC will take the responsibility and give procure water if the rains are further delayed in the present uncertain situation,” the Mayor remarked. The Mayor said that only the corporators and officials of the corporation knew how much they have been struggling to supply drinking water to the people as the water-level at the Thumbe dam had depleted.
He said that if industries were allowed to draw water from the AMR Power Pvt. Ltd. dam at Shambhoor, inflow into the Thumbe dam would stop. The MCC is now not in a position to supply 2 MGD of water from the Thumbe to MCF, Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd. “There is not enough water, then how will we supply?” the Mayor remarked.
A corporation official said that the civic body was pumping water continuously to cover the severe scarcity.