Drinking water shortage to hit DK and Udupi districts


Mounesh Vishwakarma

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (EP)

Mangaluru, April 22: The level of water in Thumbay vented dam that supplies water to the city has dropped to 5.28 centimeters on Sunday, April 21. About five centimeters of water gets evaporated due to the scorching sun every day. It is said that if the temperatures rises, the water may last only for about 38 days. There will be no problems however, if it rains in May.

Water only for three days in a week

If the level of water decreases in the present rate, drought of drinking water is likely to hit the city at the end of May. Therefore, in order to be prepared, the district administration and the corporation have decided to provide water for only three days in a week. No one including staff is allowed near the dam. There is no explanation from the concerned officials about it.


Thumbay and Baje dams - File photos

Experts believe that the water will last till May end if the water is used only for drinking. Therefore, people need to avoid its use for other purposes. Citizens have however questioned the banning of their entry near the gate of the vented dam.

On the whole, as water in the river, which is the lifeline of the district, is drying up, there is anxiety among the residents of the city with regards to the imminent drinking water scarcity.        

Udupi report

As the mercury is rising in the district, rocks can be seen at the bed of Swarna River that supplies water to the district. Baje dam has water that is sufficient to supply for only ten more days. Council officials are waiting for the rain. At present water is being supplied once in three days after rationing was done. The situation is likely to become worse if it does not rain in Western Ghat foothills, Karkala and Ajekar.

The city needs 24 MLD of water every day. People complain that water does not reach properly in places that are situated at high areas. The problem in some places, even though the council had taken precautions, has become a challenge to the officials. Water in the Baje dam is drying up fast due to the summer heat. The level of water which is 2.6 meters at present is fast receding towards the deadline of two meters.

Meeting of DC on Monday

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hephsiba Rani Korlapati has called a special meeting on Monday, April 22, to hold discussions regarding issues concerning water and actions to be taken to resolve the same. The meeting will also discuss necessary precautions to be taken during the upcoming monsoon.

Comment on this article

  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Had JR Lobo still been there something concrete could have happened we saw a lot of changes.But we wanted a sleeping jack waiting for Modi wave to get elected . hence Development standstill.You get what you sow, more to follow.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    "Sankata Bandaaga Venkataramana".....this is our approach. Has any officials thought about rain water harvesting....????

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  • ramesh, mangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    to solve drinking water problem in mangalore concerned Authority must
    look into have seawater desalination plant at Mangalore same like in Gulf Countries. This desalination sea water must be supplied to buildings and manufacturing units at mangalore through separate pipe line. this water can be used for toilet, washing utensils, washing cloths, shower etc. well water, borewell water and dam water only to be allowed to use for drinking.

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Our dependency on river should be reduced.

    We have to have rejuvenate lakes and wells and start using it. If during rainy season these lakes and wells are filled they will create lot of water bearing levels. There are ample water available in low level areas which can be pumped to high areas. This will reduce our dependency on river to considerable extent.

    Unfortunately our representatives/Govt authorities are not showing any interest in solving this issue permanently but are looking for temporary solutions like tankering etc.

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  • deepakraj, mang/dxb

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Recently I saw both rivers running full till the sea. I don't understand y they are not arresting water up to required level. There is a big water mafia scam in summer involving chor party whos ruling in corporation. maybe trying to make money spent for election campaign of Mangalore ka Pappu.

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    We in DK don't have water for drinking and they want to take water from Netravati to Chikkaballapur through Yettinahole Project

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Yes.... Some disagree the comments. Hope they are not facing the water problem. If not today, days are not far for them too to wait for the water like many of us now for day and night. Surely will suffer.. wells/bores too are dried up. Some criticized me last year that they have wells dont have to depend on pipeline. Yesterday same people cried our wells too dried up. Mother Nature punishes everyone equally.. Please don't do mockery. Love the nature.. Nature will bless you. Disagree where is required but not every time. Supporting political parties.. To go hell with them...

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  • Gilbert J. Buthello, Kesargadde/Bangkok

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Actor Aamir Khan's Paani Foundation is doing excellent work since some years in rural Maharashtra. The people, the local bodies and the state government have all collaborated in a massive effort to retain rain water in the ground. Many villages have become drought-free over the years. My humble suggestion, may be Daiji or some of our NGO can help in bringing the movement to Mangalore and Udupi??? Those of us interested in knowing and doing more may kindly watch 'Satyamev Jayate Water Cup' videos. Thanks!

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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Puttappa Davangere are you aware how the problem has arisen in recent times in Mangalore. It is because of your BJP too who gave approval for the Yettinahole project when Sandanda Gowda was the CM. Trees are cut in the region of the project and how can we expect the rain.

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  • Raj, Banglagudde/ Karkala

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Problem will not be solved until the pumpwell flyover get completed

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Mumbai has a population of 2.5 cores compared with 6lakhs of Mangalore. Mumbai has less rainfall compared to Mangalore. Yet in Mangalore there is water rationing.Mumbai has no major rivers or dams most of the water is from the lakes, we have plenty of water bodies in Mangalore, then why this shortage.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Veerappa moily and your supporting members come and solve the problem of our people. Can you replant the trees those are cut mercilessly and give life to our forest as before? You and your chikkaballapura Citizens are happy over this disaster? Money what you accumulated through this unnecessary project can quench the thirst of humans/animals and plants... Surprising point many weeks are dried up😪😪 what's the use of holding meetings? Curse ..period

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Please read as.... Wells not weeks "

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  • John Tauro, M'lore/Kwt

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    If this is the position now, what will be the situation when Yettinahole project is completed? Part of the consequences we saw during last year's monsoons. People's and nature's curse on both Veerappa Moily & DVS Gowda.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    We wonder why rains stopped all of a Sudden ...

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  • Puttappa, Davangere

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Due to wrong allegation on Raphael (Rafale) deal...by your party leader. Now you comes to know who is Maha Feku..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Can you tell me the reason why Anil Ambani's Rafael is superior than UPA's Deal ...

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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Every year DK have this Problem still MCC not taking any measures ??????? over that Mangalore is Smart City ... its like Pumpwel flyover ?????? still under construction...???

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