Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday announced a plan to fill up 29 lakes in Mysuru district's Nanjanagudu taluk to meet the drinking water requirements of residents in the area.

Faced with a severe water crisis Ktaka announces lake-filling project in MysuruPTI
news Water Shortage Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 23:21

With the state of Karnataka facing a severe water crisis due to the Cauvery river water-sharing issue and the deficit rainfall this year, the state government has announced a project to fill up lakes in Mysuru to help residents deal with the water shortage.

With the state is reeling under a drought, Law and Parliamentary Minister TB Jayachandra had announced on Saturday that 16 districts in the state have received deficit rainfall and farmers have not begun sowing the kharif crops yet.

Following this, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday announced a plan to fill up 29 lakes in Mysuru district's Nanjanagudu taluk to meet the drinking water requirements of residents in the area.

According to the plan, the water from the Nugu Dam, in Mysuru district's Mulluru area, which flows into the Kabini river, will be pumped into around 29 lakes in areas surrounding Kadenur.

"The water which flows from the Nugu dam, reaches the Kabini river at Kadenur village. From there the water will be pumped via 800mm pipes to a delivery station located around 11.5km away. From here, the water will be pumped into various lakes,” said NC Chandrashekhar, Executive Engineer, Kabini Nullah Division, Cauvery Neeravari Nigama Ltd.

“Due to the Cauvery water issue, there has been severe water shortage and lakes have dried up in the region. This project will help maintain the ground water table and act as a source for drinking water and indirect irrigation," he added.

The engineer also expressed concerns over depleting ground cover. Currently, even after digging 700ft into the ground, water cannot be found to install borewells. This project will help villages in surrounding areas to set up borewells and in turn help with drinking water and irrigation.

The lakes will be pumped with water during the monsoon, when there is excess water - that is between the months of July and October, he added.

"The tender for the project will be issued on January 9, and 18 months after the work order is issued, the project will be completed," Chandrashekar said.

The government has already implemented one such scheme in Chamarajnagar district and around 20 lakes have been filled for three years now.

"The plan was implemented on August 15, 2014 and has become a success. Hence it was decided that a similar project be implemented in Nanjanagudu," Chandrashekar said.


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