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MLAs want water supply works taken up on priority

By Our Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE, MARCH 10. MLAs from Davangere district have demanded that the district administration take up works on priority to provide drinking water as there is a severe water shortage in many villages.

Explaining the situation in the villages in their constituencies, the MLAs said that the people had been put to hardship owing to the shortage of drinking water.

They demanded that the officials explain the steps taken by the district administration to tackle the problem.

At the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting here on Wednesday, P.T. Parameshwaranaiaka, Harpanhalli MLA; S.A. Ravindranath, Mayakonda MLA; H. Anjaneya, Baramasagar MLA; and Gurusiddanagowda, Jagalur MLA, took exception to the callous attitude of officials in tackling the problem even after the Government has claimed that there is no dearth of funds to tackle the problem.

Suggestions

The Minister for Social Welfare and in-charge of the district, Y. Nagappa, instructed officials to take up works to tackle the problem immediately.

He also appealed to the MLAs to suggest possible ways to tackle the drinking water problem. He said that action will be taken against officials who neglect work and do not provide accurate details about the works undertaken in various places in the district.

The Deputy Commissioner, Ravishankar, told the meeting that Rs. 35.46 crores has already been released for the district and works including the lying of new pipelines will be taken up soon.

Replying to a question, he said that works could not be taken up till last week owing to the gram panchayat elections.

Completed

The Deputy Commissioner also said that 261 drinking water works for the year 2004-05 have been completed and 20 works will be completed soon.

He said that water in 647 villages in Davangere district was not fit for drinking as it had a high fluoride content. He added that steps have been taken to set up deflouridation units in these areas.

Earlier, Mr. Nagappa instructed officials to attend meetings with information about the works in various parts of the district.

He also asked the Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat to issue notices to those officers who remain absent from the review meetings.

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