Massive rainwater harvesting measures will be taken up to make Bidar taluk drought-free in three to four years, according to Ashok Kheny, MLA.
He was addressing the Karnataka development programme review meeting in Bidar on Friday.
According to him, building small check dams would be more efficient and economic way of harvesting water. We can spend less money and make micro watershed structures, he instructed engineers.
He said he had identified around 850 sites for construction of check-dams. As much as Rs. 12 crore would be needed to build 200 check dams. So a proposal to that effect has been sent to the State government, he said, adding that besides increasing the number of check-dams, lakes will also be rejuvenated.
Mr. Kheny also said that Kamathana tank spread across 1,000 acres of land, and built in the medieval era will be cleared of encroachments and cleaned so that water can be stored in it. The MLA informed the meeting that he had sought the State government’s funds to develop the Changalera Shiva temple into a tourist spot. He reprimanded officials for the delay in energising irrigation pump sets. Contractors who do a shoddy work shall not be paid but those who do quality work should be paid on time, he said. Action would be taken against officials who are engaged in irregularities, he threatened.
The MLA says he has identified 850 sites for construction of check-dams
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