Meanwhile, sources say that a proposal of Rs 20 crore was submitted for the task of supplying drinking water to rural areas of the district. Further, the District Administration has decided to store water up to six meters in the new vented dam at Thumbe; currently, water is being stored up to five meters.
The government is also set to release Rs 32 crore as compensation to farmers whose land would be submerged once water level at the Dam increased.
District in-charge Minister B Ramanath Rai directed officials to take measures to see that drinking water was supplied to all villages in Bantwal and Mangaluru.
Addressing a meet, Rai told officials that it was the first time that taluks in Dakshina Kannada district had been declared drought hit. He added that lakes had to be developed under the ‘Kere Sanjeevini’ scheme of the government.
With regard to increasing the storage level at Thumbe Dam, Rai said that Mangaluru City Corporation was yet to acquire adjacent land; thus he requested the Chief Minister to release the required funds. It is said that the government had already released Rs 7 crore and the amount had been distributed among the families who lost their land.
Deputy Commissioner Dr K G Jagadeesha informed that committees had been formed to look into matters regarding water problems in five taluks of the district.