Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bidar officials eye medieval-era solution to water problem

The district administration will take up an ambitious project to revive the medieval-era water system in the district to ensure permanent drinking water supply to the district.

“Bidar has several water-ways that were built in the medieval era. Most have dried up. Reviving them will not only give us a source of ground water, but also enhance our tourism potential,” P.C. Jaffer, Deputy Commissioner, said at the Karnataka Development Programme Review meeting.

Revival of tanks

Old tanks like the reservoir in Kamathana, Karez (under groundwater duct) systems, and streams will be revived across the district.

“A team of experts has already visited these structures and suggested ways to revive them. A detailed plan of action will be drafted and executed soon,” he said.

Ishwar Khandre, MLA, complained that groundwater levels were falling due to indiscriminate drilling of bore wells. He urged Sharat. B., zilla panchayat chief executive officer, to ensure that this activity was regulated. “Areas like Bhalki are already declared as grey areas with depleting water tables, they need to be protected,” he said.

‘Speed up work’

Umashree, District in-charge Minister, said that the government would release Rs. 3 crore per taluk for taking up drinking water supply work. She asked engineers to speed up the work and produce utility certificates to seek extra funds.

The State government has approved of a project to bring the Gandori Nala water to areas like Kohinoor in Basavakalyan taluk, the Minister added.

Old water-ways to be revived under ambitious project

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