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Water board officials told to stick to supply schedule

Staff Correspondent

`Officials neglecting their work need not participate in review meetings' Officers neglecting their work need not attend review meetings, says Morey Tahsildars, assistant executive engineers of Kalghatgi and Kundagol taluks directed to implement water projects soon

DHARWAD: S.R. Morey, Minister for Municipal Administration and district in-charge, said officials who are unable to discharge their duties, such as implementation of drinking water supply works, need not participate in the review meetings.

He was speaking at the review meeting held on Monday regarding drinking water, door-to-door survey for ration cards, and the Ashraya scheme.

The managing director of Karnataka Water Supply and Sewerage Board had said that water will be supplied to the twin cities once in six days.

The water board officials should stick to the schedule, the Minister said.

Directed

He directed the executive engineer of the board, Jayaram, to take steps to sink borewells at Sangolli Rayanna Nagar, Hanumantnagar, area behind M.G. Bank Colony, Gandhinagar, behind Police Headquarters, and Navanagar Cancer Hospital.

He also directed the officials concerned to initiate action regarding transferring 34 acres of land in Lakumanahalli to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation for the construction of houses under the Ashraya scheme.

The Deputy Commissioner, Gourav Gupta, said except in Kalghatgi and Kundagol taluks of the district, drinking water supply works are being properly implemented.

He directed the tahsildars and assistant executive engineers of these two taluks to implement water projects as soon as possible. He also instructed the district sub-divisional officer to supervise works in the two taluks.

83 borewells drilled

P. Manivannan, commissioner, said as many as 83 borewells had been drilled in the twin cities, of which 75 were fully functional. Water is being supplied through 60 borewells, and 40 old borewells have been revived, he said.

The Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation's control room on an average receives 20 complaints a day, which are attended to on priority.

At this juncture, Mr. Gupta warned the officials of the water board that if they do not take up revenue collection work seriously, the board will be held responsible.

He asked them to collect requisite fee from the beneficiaries and take stringent action against persons having illegal water connections and those who have installed pumpsets to draw more water.

Survey

As of now, survey of 57,521 houses in Dharwad taluk, 35,343 houses in Hulbi taluk, 41,517 in Navalgund taluk, 47,026 in Kundagol taluk, and 36,528 houses in Kalghatgi taluk has been completed.

The survey of 60,260 houses in Dharwad and 1,07,097 houses in Hubli is under progress, Sujata Hosmani, Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies Department, informed the meeting.

K.S. Umapati, chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat, and S.B. Bommanahalli, Headquarter's Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, were present.

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