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Malavoor Dam Comes Out as Solution to Address Water Scarcity

With the impending summer season, Dinesh Gundu Rao, the district in-charge minister of Dakshina Kannada, has directed relevant authorities to take proactive steps to avert any potential shortage of drinking water. During a meeting convened at the DC office on Saturday, March 2, Dinesh stressed the importance of preparedness in addressing potential water scarcity issues. Although there are currently no reports of drinking water shortages in Dakshina Kannada district, the minister emphasized the need for the administration to be ready to handle any such situations that may arise in the future. Dinesh highlighted the satisfactory water levels in various minor dams across the district, with a focus on ensuring an ample supply of drinking water. To address any shortfall, contingency plans involve sourcing water from the AMR dam of Netravati, with anticipated cooperation from entities like MRPL and SEZ. Reassuring the public, the minister affirmed a commitment to maintaining an uninterrupted supply of drinking water. He mentioned a Rs. three crore grant allocated in the drought relief fund for Dakshina Kannada, with additional aid available if needed. Key officials, including Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr. K Anand, ADC Santhosh Kumar, Mangaluru City Corporation Commissioner Anand, and others, were in attendance during the meeting. With the impending summer season, Dinesh Gundu Rao, the district in-charge minister of Dakshina Kannada, has directed relevant authorities to take proactive steps to avert any potential shortage of drinking water. During a meeting convened at the DC office on Saturday, March 2, Dinesh stressed the importance of preparedness in addressing potential water scarcity issues. Although there are currently no reports of drinking water shortages in Dakshina Kannada district, the minister emphasized the need for the administration to be ready to handle any such situations that may arise in the future. Dinesh highlighted the satisfactory water levels in various minor dams across the district, with a focus on ensuring an ample supply of drinking water. To address any shortfall, contingency plans involve sourcing water from the AMR dam of Netravati, with anticipated cooperation from entities like MRPL and SEZ. Reassuring the public, the minister affirmed a commitment to maintaining an uninterrupted supply of drinking water. He mentioned a Rs. three crore grant allocated in the drought relief fund for Dakshina Kannada, with additional aid available if needed. Key officials, including Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr. K Anand, ADC Santhosh Kumar, Mangaluru City Corporation Commissioner Anand, and others, were in attendance during the meeting. Dakshina Kannada District Gears Up for Summer:
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Mangaluru: With the demand only increasing by the day, the Mangalore City Corporation, on the request of some, is now looking to explore the possibility of drawing water from the outskirts, like the Malvoor dam

Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel suggested that the MCC look into this, so as to provide an alternative supply in case the situation calls for it. 

This is a dam that one can find across the Phalguni river and has been providing water to over 14 villages across the town. Built in the year 2017, the project was said to have come up to an amount of 42.5 crores. 

Mangalore, which has till now been relying on the Thumbe dam which is found across the Netravati river, has been facing acute water scarcity recently. As a result of this, some villages have begun to depend on the city corporation’s pipeline. 

The dam is still supplying water to parts of Mangalore, Mulki and UIlal though this doesn’t seem to be enough. The Malvoor dam, on the other hand, has enough water to supply to places like Kavoor, Panchady, Kulshekar, Thiruvail, Kunjathbail and Markada. 

Meanwhile, plans are also in place to construct a water treatment plant near the dam at Adyar. This way, Mangalore cam soon come out of the water crisis that it has recently seemed to have been facing. 

In the wake of all these issues, deputy commissioner Mullai Muhilan MP has urged officials to be more responsible in addressing the issue more urgently, asking them to identify areas of water scarcity and come up with solutions quickly. 

This is in fact, very important as we are in the peak of the summer season. Meanwhile there are 39 villages around the city that seem to be suffering with not enough water for even drinking.

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