Will Disha Hydel Power Project dam quench water-starved MCC?

Will Disha Hydel Power Project dam quench water-starved MCC?

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-04-30 15:43 Mangaluru: The city will be able to have water only for another ten days if continued with the water-only-on-alternative-days system. For, water level in Thumbe vented dam has touched an all-time low 6.6 feet against its maximum level of 13 feet.Now, the Mangaluru City Corporation’s only hope is 2 mcm water available with the Disha Hydel Power Project dam across the Kumaradhara, a tributary of the Netravathi near Kadaba in Puttur taluk. But the fact that whether water released from Disha Hydel Power Project dam will reach Thumbe has baffled the authorities. For, according to them, 1 mcm would be sufficient to meet the city’s drinking water needs for four days. Officials said water might reach Thumbe dam only if the vented dam across the Kumaradhara in Uppinangady, which supplies water to Puttur town, overflows. This dam is in between Kadaba and Thumbe. But with monsoon still afar away, overflowing of the dam is near impossible, say officials.Caught in a tricky situation, the MCC is doing everything to ensure water supply to its residents. Mayor Harinath has asked officials to repair all government wells and disconnect illegal water. Besides, efforts are made to rejuvenate lakes.Commissioner Dr HN Gopalakrishna said at least 100 to 200 sources of water including borewells have been identified in the city limits and water will be drawn from them. Water stored at Disha Power Project in Gundya will also be utilised, he added.Lancelot Pinot, Chairman of Town Planning and Development Standing Committee said MCC is supplying water to residents through 22 tankers. Dredging in MRPL dam will be taken up to clear 15 foot sand settled in the dam to release water, said executive engineer Lingegowda.