Water Scarcity: DC directs to fill up 58 tanks across Dharwad district | Hubballi News

Dharwad: With polling for Dharwad Lok Sabha constituency over on Tuesday, the district administration has shifted its attention towards addressing the drinking water woes.Several villages in the district are facing scarcity of drinking water. Deputy commissioner Divya Prabhu held a meeting to review the drought situation here on Thursday and took stock of the drinking water supply.She said that water will be released from Navilutirtha dam through the Malaprabha Right Bank Canal and Nargund sub-canal to fill up the tanks in Navalgund, Annigeri, Hubballi and Kundgol taluks.The water will be released from May 14 to 23 and 58 local tanks in the above taluks will be refilled.She said, the temperature is soaring high and this has triggered drinking water shortage in some villages.Accordingly, it has been decided to draw 0.5 TMC water (600 cusecs) to fill up 58 tanks in four taluks.As many as 37 tanks in Navalgund taluk, 13 in Annigeri, seven tanks in Hubballi and three tanks in Kundgol taluk will be filled.The respective tahsildars and TP executive officials have to monitor the tank refilling process, the DC said.“The water is being released from the dam only for drinking purposes and hence it should not be used for agricultural activities. Special teams comprising officials from revenue, irrigation, Hescom and Police department have been formed and they will regularly monitor the release of water and see that no person draws the canal water for other purposes using pump sets,” DC Divya Prabhu said.SP Gopal Byakod said that police personnel will be deployed along the canal in 66 villages and prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be clamped near the canal area.DC Prabhu said that the Hescom officials should disconnect the power supply to IP pump sets during the time of water release. The PDOs should closely monitor the situation and book cases if any person draws the released water illegally, she added.

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