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Mangaluru: DK's first multi-village drinking water project inaugurated at Bajpe

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, Apr 18: The first multi-village drinking water project in Dakshina Kannada district, aimed at supplying water to about 14 surrounding villages, was inaugurated at Bajpe here on Tuesday April 18. A check dam constructed across the Phalguni river at Malavoor as part of the project, was also inaugurated.

Addressing the gathering after the inauguration, district in-charge minister Ramanath Rai said, "The multi-village drinking water project at Sangabettu is on the verge of completion and will be commissioned in a week's time. The work on a similar project at Kinnigoli has been hampered due to unscientific work by a Hyderbad firm which had taken the contract. These projects will meet the water needs of Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks."

MLA Abhaychandra Jain said that though the project had begun with an estimated cost of Rs five crore, the cost escalated over the different phases of work. Appreciating the efforts of all those who were involved in making this project a reality, he said, "The presidents of all the eight gram panchayats raised funds of over Rs 15 lac to assist the project."

Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes said, "The Malavoor project will be a boost to other such projects in the district. This project will not only recharge the groundwater level, but also increase the water supply in wells and borewells.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, former mayor Shashidhar Hegde and others were present.

About the project

The project was completed at an estimated cost of Rs 45 crore with funds released by both the state and the central governments. This was the first of seven multi-village drinking water projects being undertaken in the district. Five of these projects are in Bantwal and one in Kinnigoli, all of which are in various stages of construction. The newly-inaugurated project is expected to meet drinking water needs of a population of 56,000 people under eight gram panchayats in 14 villages like Malavoor, Jokatte, Bajpe, Kenjar, Moodushedde and others.

The check dam is 199 metres long and has a water purification unit with five MLD capacity near Kenjar. The ground-level water reservoir can hold 10.15 lac litres of water, while the elevated water tanks at Siddartha Nagar and Tarikamba have a capacity to hold 2.5 lac and 3 lac litres, respectively.

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  • John Goveas, Padangady,Belthangady.

    Thu, Apr 20 2017

    Yes, truly a meaningful & much needed projet. But the same will turn into garbage unless the river is protected.DakshinKannada &Udupi districts can be converted into abundance once proper water management is done

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    full marks to congress team at mangalore.

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  • Ullekha Jain, Ujire

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Congratulations!! Yea I see one such project happening at Bantwal. And I doubt it to be a successful one, because I find as of now there is no minimal water for construction work over there, now I am awaiting for its completion which is taking years together and also want to see from where will it get water from for supply admist yetthinahole turns.

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    All this inauguration function needs to be done away with. All those people need to do something productive.... instead to putting ribbons and posing for photographs.

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal while addressing the media after the meeting said that the Chief Minister, ministers and legislators will also not lay foundation stones or cut ribbons.

    "Even for big projects of Rs. 100 crore or Rs. 200 crore, the names of the Chief Minister and ministers will not be displayed (on the foundation or inauguration stones). It will carry only one line saying that the project has been executed with the money of the taxpayers," Mr Badal said.

    - A fantastic move by Govt of Punjab. Govt of Karnataka should follow the same rule.

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  • William Rodrigues, Milagres, Mangaluru

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    I whole heartedly congratulate all the political and non-political personalities involved in this prestigious project. This is really is a eye opener and would quench thirst of lakhs of people in and around Bajpe. Lot of water during monsoon flows into sea, hence this bundh would be in a position to hold on huge quantum of water which can be of great use for the public in common. Congratulations once again and keep up the good work. Am sure care must have been taken to over come the heavy inflow of water during monsoons.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Frazer Town,Bangaluru

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Great project to be extended to other villages too

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  • Ershad Bolar, Mangaluru/ Dubai

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Great job done by District Administration.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Karnataka is the most progressive state in India...

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