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MGP meet: Residents demand solution to water woes

AE of Vani Vilas Water Works Rajagopal assured that there would be no shortage of water supply during summer this year

Mysore Grahakara Parishat’s (MGP) public meeting on water supply witnessed citizens’ ire against the Mysore City Corporation and Vani Vilas Water Works. Citizens from Bannimantap, N R Mohalla, Vijayanagara Stage-2, Ramakrishna Nagar, Kuvempu Nagar complained of disruptions in water supply, inadequate pressure, muddy water, higher water bills and recalcitrant meter readers.

At the meet, a few citizens complained that there was very high pressure in the supply line leading to ruptures and heavy waste of water due to apathy on the part of VVWW employees in attending to repairs.

Shobana, a citizen, was enraged not only for intermittent water supply but also the way VVWW refused to respond to her repeated complaints to higher officials. Ganga Prasad complained that in his house in Vijayanagar Stage -2, there was very low pressure in water supply and at the same time water tasted of bore well water. He wanted to know when the Cauvery water would be supplied to his area.

Similarly, Dr Sudhir Vombatkere and Shankar Sharma were troubled that when water supply was irregular in certain areas of the city, people in certain other wards squandered water by using water to clean their pathways and cars.

The two noted that less water rates encouraged people to indulge in such activities. They suggested upward revision of water rates and reduction of first slab of 25,000 liters would act as a deterrent.

Dr Srimati complained that in her house in Saraswatipuram water pressure was not only low but also supplied only for two hours in a day which proved a bane to all more so to senior citizens.

Rajagopal, AE VVWW, who attended the meeting gave reasons for some of the complaints such as clogging of filter at the meter point leading to inadequate pressure, wrong connections between old and new JUSCO connections leading to higher bills etc.

He said that there has been problems with Melapura pumping station because of which areas such as NR Mohalla were being supplied water once in two days. He said that process is on to replace the pumps.

He assured the members that the process of tendering of rejuvenation of remaining 27 DMAs is on and soon the work would start. Where upon all the areas in Mysuru would be covered by new connections. He said the water rate are fixed based on the No Profit No Loss basis, but since the decision making process is rather lethargic rates remain low.

He assured that the opinion expressed in the meeting will be conveyed to higher authorities for the needful. He felt that there was a need for greater awakening among certain sections of the city for conserving water particularly during the summer season.

For a specific question from the president regarding the water supply during the summer months Rajagopal was categorical that there would be uninterrupted water supply this summer since the KRS water level as on this day was 92 feet and he did not see any reason to worry about shortage of water.

MGP President R Chandra Prakash presided over the meeting which was attended by Dr Renu Agarwal, Dr Jayaram, Dr Rajan; EC members K R Sheshadri, Soakar, Dr Manjunath and members P M Bhat, Prof Jagannath and a large number of citizens.

MGP Celebrates World Consumer Rights Day

March 15th is World Consumer Rights Day. To celebrate it, Mysore Grahakara Parishat is holding a consumer awareness programme for the public from 10 am to 5 pm on Tuesday. MGP has been conducting such programmes for the last 27 years in various parts of Mysore. This year, the programme will be held in front of JSS Law College, Kantharaj Urs Road, Kuvempunagar.

In this programme, MGP members will give demo-exhibitions on detection of food adulteration, removing pesticide residues from vegetables and greens, etc.

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