Mangaluru: Yettinahole to quench thirst of other districts, people in DK face water crisis

Deekshith D V

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Apr 25: As people are suffering from scorching heat in the district, they are facing a shortage of drinking water too. The Netravati River in Dakshina Kannada (DK) has dried up in many places. If the same situation continues, people in the city and district will face severe water scarcity.

People in many places are hopefully waiting for rains to lash the district as it will be the only remedy for the rising mercury levels and scarcity of drinking water.

The water-level in AMR dam has completely declined. As it has not rained, there is no inflow of water. Water level is receding day by day in Thumbe vented dam. The level which was 5.95 meters on March 3 has gone down to 4.9 meters on Sunday, April 23. Hence, Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has begun action to utilise water accumulated in pits below the dam.

A dam is built at Harekala, which lies on the lower level of Thumbe dam. So salt water from the sea does not reach Thumbe dam during high tide. In the pits that are present in Netravati river below the Thumbe vented dam there is water which is potable.

MCC commissioner Channbasappa K said that action is taken to pump the water from the pits below Thumbe vented dam. MRPL and MCF companies are helping the MCC in this task.

The MCC sources said that the work of pumping the water in the pits in Netravati has begun on Sunday itself. Water that was accumulated at AMR dam of Shamboor is already flown to Thumbe vented dam. The district administration has passed an order to preserve the remaining water in AMR for drinking purpose. However, the officials say that even if the water of AMR dam is released it is doubtful that it will reach Thumbe dam, which is at a distance of nine km.

Every year, in the month of April, it used to rain for four to five days. However, this year there are no showers. So the water level is receding day by day at Thumbe vented dam. Hence, the MCC is taking actions to preserve the remaining water till the onset of monsoon.

The water that is remaining in Thumbe vented dam at present is sufficient to supply drinking water only for 30 days to the city. If it does not rain in the month of May, then MCC will start rationing the water.

The water level has declined in the Payaswini river in Sullia. Sullia town municipal council is too facing a shortage of water.

The government, in a bid to meet the water needs of Kolar and Chikkaballapur, started the Yettinahole project. The politicians from the district who joined hands to start the project have remained as mute spectators though the people in the district are facing water shortage.

Activist Dinesh Holla said, "Yettinahole project is a prominent reason for water shortage in the district. To store water in the dams, water should flow from the catchment area. The catchment got destroyed due to work on the Yettinahole project. Many parts of the district including several places in the city are facing water scarcity."





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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 26 2023

    Yettinahole project an environmental disaster -- many experts had warned -- incl various studies -- Pure greed -- already Rs 25,000 ---( twenty five thousand ) crores spent -- not a drop sent to chikaballapur and surrounding -- areas -- this was the purpose --will not happen next 5 years -- possibly never -- added now no water in DK -- TOTAL LOOT OF TAX PAYERS MONEY -- in addition to destruction of forests -- water catchment areas -- streams destroyed -- etc

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 26 2023

    It's a pity that despite having the highest concentration of engineering institutions and even a NIT (each boasting one above the other), nobody has taken any initiative of finding a permanent solution to this problem; or no one has had the guts to challenge the Yetinahole project on ecological and technical grounds? Now, the situation has become irreversible, and alternate solutions have to be found to save the city!

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    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    Dig the rivers to store more water during monsoon. Construct dams for rivers to store more water.

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  • suresh, Bantwal

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    Smile Gowdru..may be smiling...

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    Radial wells or French wells in the river bed can easily solve the drinking water problem here. In Ahmedabad before Narmada dam , the river Sabarmati used to be totally dry by November, ( the toal rainfall used to be only 12 to 20 inches there compared to 120 inches here)but there was no shortage of drinking water for a population of over 80 lakhs. Mangalore has the luxury of 2 rivers and a population of around 6 lakhs, why not have French wells here, it would be a long term solution, ( but no 40% so no one interested )...

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  • Preetham, Farangipet

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    Monty, radial wells are used to facilitate filtration process.. not as a source of water. When the rivers run dry during summer, your radial wells also become Kali,

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 26 2023

    Having stayed at Ahmedabad for 50 years I know very well about the source of drinking water for that city and about radial wells. Sabarmati river used to be totally dry from November to June/ July inspite of this we had drinking water everyday. Surat also in Gujarat also has radial wells..Raika and Dodka wells along Mahi river between Vadodara and Anand are radial wells.There are 2 such radial wells at Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau in US, in Belgrade ( Sava river), there are many other examples. The water is like naturally filtered water.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    DK people have been taken for a royal ride by vested interests for political gains; this water scarcity problem will only exacerbate in the future with no solution except building a desalination plant!! What's the use of owning mansions worth crores without guarantee of sufficient amount of clean water supply??

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  • roy Indian, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    stop giving licence to high rise building and bore wells . people are dream mangalore will be smart city . here water only not there . now let Bjp or Congress slove this problem. or else soon managlore will be full dry city ..........

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    Moily and Saddu Gowda are architects of Yettina Hole....both should be felicitated when they come for electoral campaign in DK....Tak...Takk...

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  • Vincent, Kuwait

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    We are busy hating each other and in religious politics. Neer borchi

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    dk is taken for ride royally by all people in india...even online fraud kings of UP and Bihar know that there are mangaas in this land....until and unless the public gets united like people of Kerala, Tamilnadu or Andhra...all these kinds of loot maar will go on..

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    Totally agree; 100% screwed MangaNaUru!!

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  • karthik, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    Ecological blunder, If Costal Tulunadu people doesnt woke up....there will be a disaster waiting

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    The only solution going forward is Sea water Desalination and supply which can be used for construction, gardens, swimming pools and household purposes and fresh water only for drinking purposes. If the governments are serious setting up Desalination plants is a huge task.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 25 2023

    Desalination plant will be too costly an affair for a country like ours 🤔!!

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