Mangaluru, April 2, 2016 : At a discussion on water woes in the city at the general meeting of the city corporation, MCC Commissioner Dr H N Gopalakrishna said every 12 wards will have a team comprising five officials each to supervise the work of valve men to ensure proper water supply in the city.
His assurance came in the wake of a complaint voiced out by corporator Navin D’Souza. He complaint that frequent power cuts have been interrupting water supply and the valve operators in several wards are not carrying out their duties properly and are working as autorickshaw drivers.
Water problems have increased in the last 15 days. In case of power shutdowns for three to four hours, it takes eight to ten hours to restore water supply. It has been found that the valve operators are not working according to the time table. Hence, the superintending engineer has been told to strictly adhere to the time table. The valve men working for more than three years in a place will be shuffled, he said, adding that water distribution issues will be solved within a week.
Mayor Harinath said the water level in Thumbe Dam after transporting additional water from AMR dam is 10.8 metre and it will last for the next 55 days.
He requested the people not to waste water. He said he has spoken to the farmers in the inundation area of new Thumbe dam and has convinced them about completion of work on the dam by this December.
Opposition leader Sudhir Shetty Kannur said the district in-charge minister has said that the new vented dam will be inaugurated by May. Water is being illegally drawn from MCC water pipeline in gram panchayat limits, he complained. Opposition leader Roopa Bangera said water woes are getting serious day by day and water tankers, in which water is supplied from Thumbe dam, are not reaching the needy.
She demanded an answer from the engineers as to when the water will be supplied regularly. There are serious problems of drinking water for people in Mangaladevi and Jeppinamogaru areas. Members from ruling party Prathibha Kulai, Asha D’Silva, Rathikala and others spoke about water scarcity in their respective wards.
The mayor expressed his displeasure over the absence of the executive engineers and junior engineers at the meet.Superintending engineer Shivashankaraswami said there is a lack of coordination among officials.
The answer by the officials enraged the members Premanand Shetty and Mahabala Marla. They demanded suspension of irresponsible officers. Deputy Mayor Sumitra Kariya was present in the meeting.