Belgaum district administration needs Rs 11 crore to tackle drinking water issues

BELGAUM: To tackle drinking water issues in the district till March this year, the Belgaum district administration needs another Rs 11 crore. With the present fund, they can manage only for another ten more days.

If government failed to release the proposed amount immediately, the district administration may face lot of problem in providing drinking water to villages where there is acute shortage of drinking water. Last year that is from April 2012 to March 2013, government spent nearly Rs 18 crore on drinking water; this year it may come down to Rs 14 crore. Already this year, that is from April 2013 to till date the government has spent nearly Rs 3 crore to provide drinking water across the district and it needs another Rs 11 crore till March 29.

When compare to last year, the situation is better this year. Last year nearly 124 villages across the district were facing acute shortage of drinking water and the drinking water was provided through tankers. This year some of the villages in Athani, Raibag, Bailhongal, Athani, Savadatti and Hukkeri are facing drinking water problem. Already the district administration is providing drinking water through tankers and it will be continued till they get adequate drinking water.

“We had asked government for Rs 11 crore to tackle drinking water issue till March 29. As of now we have money but it can be used for just another ten more days. If government releases Rs 11 crore at the earliest, it will be better. When compare to last two years, that is 2011-12 and 2012-13, this year the situation is better” added additional deputy commissioner Praveen Kumar.

Courtesy TOI

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