Mangaluru, Jan 10, 2019: Water now available in the Thumbe vented dam and the AMR vented dam built across the Netravathi will meet the daily drinking water requirement of the city for nearly 150 days, said Mayor Bhaskar K. on January 9, Wednesday. So, no serious shortage in envisaged this year.
Speaking after performing Ganga Puja at the Thumbe vented dam — the main drinking water source for the city, Mr. Bhaskar said that now the water-level at the dam is at 6 m, which amounted to 10.83 million cubic metres of storage.
Water stored at the private dam of AMR Power Pvt. Ltd. at Shambhoor on the upstream of Thumbe dam stood at 14.25 million cubic metres.
Mayor Bhaskar said that the inflow into the Nethravati was 20 cubic feet per second.
“With this water level, there won’t be any drinking water shortage in the city this summer,” he added.
The State government, he said, has given in-principle approval for the proposal to reconstruct a portion of the retaining wall at the Thumbe vented dam that slipped following heavy rain last year. The Mangaluru City Corporation will shortly send an estimate of the work to the State government, he said.
Leader of Opposition in city corporation council Premananda Shetty said that though there was enough water in the two dams, the water distribution network continues to be poor. The corporation officials should focus on plugging leakage. MLC Ivan D’Souza said that instead of investing on the proposed desalination plant, the corporation should use that money for storing water at the Thumbe vented dam at 7 m. The money should be used to purchase land that will be submerged, he added.
The former Bantwal MLA B. Ramanath Rai was present.