Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-05-12 13:09 Mangaluru: With severe water crisis staring at the city, authorities are leaving no stone unturned to provide drinking water to the residents. In the latest development, Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner AB Ibrahim has directed the corporation authorities to make use of 2 MGD water that KIOCL draws from Lakya dam. The DC has strictly directed to use the water exclusively for drinking water purpose and it is expected to last up to May 31. Majority of water resources in the district have dried up and even water level in Thumbay vented dam has reached 4 feet. Water level is reaching the dead storage level and it is becoming extremely difficult to supply water. In this backdrop, DC has asked KICOL to spare their share of water for people. Kudremukh Iron Ore Company (KIOCL) Ltd in its communique said in view of ongoing drinking water crisis in MCC limits, Ibrahim has directed KIOCL Ltd to allow to utilise 2 MGD of water that KIOCL is getting from the Lakya dam in Kudremukh. In its order, DC stated that water will specifically be used to meet drinking water needs of the nearly five lakh people in the city and around one lakh people in Mulki and Ullal. Lakya Dam, located in the Kudremukh National Park area, was built across a stream by KIOCL to store ore sediments. Although KIOCL has stopped its operations in Kudremukh, following the orders of the Supreme Court, it has obtained permission from the Supreme Court to utilise two MGD water a day for its unit in Mangaluru. Now, the pipeline that used to transport iron ore will bring water through gravitational force. Meanwhile, DC has directed the corporation authorities to supply water to Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers (MCF) since it is the only urea-producing firm in the state.