Bengaluru: A proposal to solve the drinking water issues in the State was kept forward by Prof Seetaram of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Thursday, October 13.
According to the presentation made by Prof Seetaram before Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the flood waters of Netravathi River could be put into use. About 25tmcft of Netravathi water drains into the sea every week during monsoon and as much as 100tmcft of water drains into the sea in a month. The proposal explained that the state government could consider building a reservoir to store this water during monsoon and use it to meet the drinking water needs of Bengaluru, Mangaluru and other cities. A desalination plant to meet the water needs of Mangaluru and other cities in the long run was also suggested.
“We could consider the suggestion after discussing it with leaders, experts and public representatives of the region. It could be taken up only if there is no opposition to the project from people who reside in the Netravathi basin,” said the CM.