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Udupi: Madhwaraj visits Baje Dam, addresses water woes


Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB)

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Udupi, Feb 16: District-in-charge Pramod Madhwaraj made his annual visit to Baje dam to examine the water level contained therein, on Thursday, February 16.

Addressing media persons, Minister Madhwaraj said, "The current water level is 32 cm lesser than last year. It will be sufficient only till the end of April. The rationing of water will start soon to manage possible scarcity. And if we get rains in April, people will not face water shortage. The city municipality should take all measures to curb wastage of water. The inflow from Shiroor dam too is very low."

"Drinking water shortage is not only there in Udupi, but can be seen everywhere. Rs 102 crore have been released to Udupi district under KUNDSEMP project to build many overhead tanks and improve the distribution line here." he added.

β€œIt is important to have a stable supply of electricity to maintain the same capacity of water that is being pumped. There is an 800-km long distribution line for water supply. For refilling the pipeline, we need 1.5 lac litre of water. If the line gets drained due to power shortage, it takes 16 hours to refill it," explained the minister.

Minister Madhwaraj instructed the MESCOM officials to ensure 24 hours electricity supply or make substitute arrangements for the process to go on unhindered. "They also plan to draw an 'express coder line' (power connection) from Manipal, as would be an alternative for the present connection from Hiriadka," he said.

In addition to this, the minister said, β€œThere is a proposal, to build a dam at Shimbra, with ten overhead tanks for increasing efficiency in water supply. Eight additional overhead tanks are to be built for better water management. Before constructing the dam at Shimbra, a hydrological survey will be conducted, following the survey a DPR will be prepared and tenders called."

Addressing complaints of locals about stoppage of water supply to agricultural fields, the minister said, "As per the irrigation project, priority is given to drinking water. People also asked for de-silting of the Shiroor dam water. If that happens, the water will only last for five days. Besides, the water body too will get contaminated. Alternatives will be sought for April. The officials will work in the best possible way to provide water for the people."

Local farmer Kudi Srinivas Bhat said, "The municipality had cut off dam water for irrigation from January this year. The concerned department did not focus on water storage during monsoon. The Baje dam has 4.7-meter water level and the new Shiroor dam has 1.2 meters deep water, though water leaks out due to poor construction. Nearly 68 famers out of 70 have installed 350 HP pumps, to lift water from Baje dam. Of which 75 pumps sets were kept unused. Our demand is to release the dam water twice a week until March and once a week April onwards, for irrigation. An awareness programme about water should be held for the public."

Manjunathayya, CMC commissioner, Udupi, Meenakshi Madhav Bannanje, president, Janardhan Bhandarkar, nominated member and others were present at the addressal.

Comment on this article

  • ASHOK SHETTY, KUNDAPUR

    Sat, Feb 18 2017

    I am searching Our PM Modi's name in viewers column.still not nobody mention.....................?

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Fri, Feb 17 2017

    Why no one plans to construct dams across all rivers in Coastal region, where the rain water goes to the sea every monsoon...???

    Do you need to be an expert just to do this simple task...??

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 17 2017

    It is good to see Minister Madhwaraj taking precautionary measures at this point of time.

    We need to have a long term plan to conserve water during monsoon and see that demand during summer is met.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Fri, Feb 17 2017

    Everybody who visited Baje dam...damn deserve a plate of 'Golibaje' each....and a cup of Chai....

    ...JH...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 17 2017

    UDUPI is in safe hands ...

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  • Prasad, Surathkal

    Fri, Feb 17 2017

    We have to work seriously to preserve water. We get so much rain but face shortage of water in the summer.This looks ridiculous. Udupi is a place which is not so urbanized or industrialized like neighboring Mangalore which becoming one of the most polluted cities in India and best place to experiment with water conservation techniques.

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  • Shiva M S, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 17 2017

    Sir just a visiting a dam is not important.
    Are we taking any steps to conserve water?

    Doing awareness program to conserve water is not just enuf,we should follow the same.
    We grown up humans are like,We teach students and we give them practical exams and all,But in our case we just attend the class and when it comes to practicals only 1-2 will implement.

    This is not going to fix any problems.Government should take some actions to conserve water as well,Not just providing Infrastructure is sufficient.

    Does our government support to bring a forest up?No,they just allow builders to construct tall skyscraper...And below it we plant a PALM TREE.Instead of some other fruit giving tree!!!!

    Some times I feel we are converting a Green Land into an artificial desert.

    Some good steps which can be taken to prevent water scarcity are :
    1.In hotels please keep water jugs and glasses,instead of giving water to people who visit hotel,As daily lots of glasses of water is being wasted in this way.
    2.Washing machines - if you washing machine is automatic then just make it manual,as we have presets to limit water consumption in washing machine these days,Better stop using the machines!
    3.Cover wells/large tanks with some dark protective layer so that water wont get evaporated
    4.Try to reduce the quantity of water that is being used for bathing.
    5.Use water wisely whenever possible in general cases,like car wash etc.
    6.Avoid going under direct sun light ,be in shade so that the intake of water will be less by US as well :)
    7.Try eating more veggies/fruits with water ,instead of direct intake of water.
    8.At least now starting from Rainy season please,follow the above rules even if there is abundant supply of water Resources and Information. that we take care of water
    9.Grow more plants in your vicinity!!!Try to keep environment cool
    10.Take a oath to save water, as its natural resource!!!!Hope you all didn't forget it!!!!!
    11.Plant more coconut trees,Not Palm

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