Water issue dominates Udupi CMC meeting

The issue of drinking water scarcity dominated the general body meeting of Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) here on Friday.
Raising the issue, Yashpal Suvarna, councillor, said that the CMC had announced that it would be supplying water to the city on alternate days.
P. Yuvaraj, councillor, said that the tradition of supplying water on alternate days to tide over the summer crisis had started when the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in power in the CMC.
The Congress had come to power just four years ago, he said.
Raghavendra, CMC Environment Engineer, said that water storage in the Baje Dam was poor when compared to last year.
But last year, the water-level in the dam reached the 3.31-metre mark on April 24.
At present, 15 million litres of water per day (mld) was being pumped from the Baje Dam so that water in the reservoir lasts till at least June 5.
K. Ganesh, Assistant Executive Engineer, said that the CMC had installed four telephone helplines to deal with water complaints.
As many as 70 complaints were received and all of them were attended to, he said.
Prashanth Amin, councillor, said that the CMC should cut off water supply to the neighbouring gram panchayats, when the city was suffering from water scarcity.

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