Its advantage sand mafia as coastal city reels under water crisis

Its advantage sand mafia as coastal city reels under water crisis

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-05-13 13:56 Mangaluru: Former district in-charge minister and BJP leader Krishna J Palemar has squarely blamed Mangaluru City Coporation for the severe water crisis that the coastal city is facing. This is an artificial scarcity created by MCC allegedly to help sand mafia to extract sand from the banks of Netravati, he said.Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, Palemar said MCC officials would usually fix Thumbe vented dam’s gates during November or December to store water. However, this year, gates were installed only in January, delayed by a month. “This was specifically done to help the sand mafia,” Palemar added.The corporation has succumbed to the pressure by sand mafia as it would be difficult to mining when the dam was full, he alleged. The corporation officials should have stored water in the dam from November itself. This would have helped in recharging groundwater on the river bank and storage would have lasted for more days enabling city to have water for more days, Palemar pointed out.He further said that installing of gates was delayed allegedly to help water tanker business. But now the corporation and the district administration were shedding ‘crocodile tears’ over water scarcity, he remarked.He expressed concern over lack of quality check in tanker waters. Tankers are drawing water from various wells and without conducting a quality check they are being supplied. This is dangerous and might result in spread of diseases, he observed.Former mayor M Shankar Bhat urged the corporation to disconnect unauthorised pipelines from the two 18-MGD (million gallons a day) capacity that supply water Thumbe dam to the city. Unauthorised pipelines between Thumbe and Padil have aggravated water crisis, he added.He claimed that during his tenure, he had disconnected 95 such illegal pipelines. As a result there was five per cent difference in the quantity of water being pumped at Thumbe and received in the city. Now, the difference was 35 per cent. It clearly indicates that there were many such illegal pipelines now, he said.