At the general body meeting held on Friday, the members of Zilla Panchayat (ZP) expressed concerns over scarcity of drinking water in villages, delay in implementing drinking water schemes and establishment of fodder banks in the taluks.
The members sought for immediate solution for the ever-growing water crises affecting a majority of people and animals. They urged the authorities to initiate steps to solve the problem at the earliest.
The meeting started half an hour late owing to lack of quorum.
Member and former ZP president Pushpavathi Amarnath pointed at the ‘gross living condition’ of people in the villages due to scarcity of water, saying people were facing problems even as bore wells have gone dry. She further pointed that the work for installing Reverse Osmosis Plants (ROP) has not yet started in Hunsur. Besides she sought to know what measures ZP authorities were taking to create awareness among farmers to insure their Rabi crop.
Replying to this, ZP CEO P Shivshankar said that the government had taken the drought and water woes seriously and thus had sanctioned Rs 4.8 crore to undertake the works. “Of total 362 works mentioned in the Action Plan, 263 have already been completed. To address the water issues, water tankers are being sent to 10 places in Mysuru taluk and one in Nanjungudu taluk whereas survey is also being carried out to check the possibility of drilling and re-drilling of bore wells,” he said.
When the CEO was told that the sanctioned amount wouldn’t be enough to carry out the works, he said that Cabinet Committee was apprised about the same and the government had assured to sanction more funds considering the expenditure of available funds.
Earlier, ZP has submitted an Action Plan to the Cabinet Committee seeking Rs 15.75 crore to carry out the work, but, only Rs 4.80 crore has been sanctioned.
ZP CEO said that of total 213 RO plants, 77 have already been installed and the remaining 136 plants will be installed soon. The government, he said, had given a deadline till January 26 to install 186 plants and the target would be accomplished on time.
Shivshankar said as many as 56 thousands farmers growing Rabi crop have been identified of which 2,300 farmers have already insured their crop under Karnataka Raitha Suraksha Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. “As the last date to insure crop inDecember 31, we are expecting the number to reach 6,000,” he said.
Fodder banks, Shivshankar said, were receiving good response in the district. “Of total 16 banks, six have been opened wherein initially 203.1 tonne of fodder was stored. After selling 44 tonnes to the farmers, 159.1 tonnes are available at the banks. Two more fodder banks will start to function in Periyapatna from tomorrow,” he said.
ZP president Nayeema Sultana and vice president Nataraj were present.