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Dakshina Kannada District Braces for Severe Water Shortages

Dakshina Kannada District Braces for Severe Water Shortages
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In Dakshina Kannada district, 39 villages spanning five taluks are anticipated to face acute water shortages this summer, as revealed by a report from the Dakshina Kannada Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). The areas of Bantwal and Ullal are expected to be the most severely impacted, with the situation poised to worsen in April and May if rainfall remains elusive. Mangaluru and Moodbidri taluks are currently declared as moderately drought-affected, prompting the district administration to proactively prepare for potential challenges.

To mitigate the impact, tenders have been issued for water supply via tankers to 112 wards in urban and semi-urban areas, along with 39 villages in Dakshina Kannada. Private borewell owners have also collaborated with the administration to provide additional water resources if needed. The DDMA has arranged for fodder and water to safeguard cattle in gaushalas from the impending scarcity.

Deputy Commissioner Mullai Muhilan emphasized the identification of areas facing drinking water shortages and the exploration of alternative water sources. Accountability measures are in place for officials, and preparations include the identification of lands and sites for drilling new borewells. Helplines have been established at taluk and district levels, monitoring water quality, and task forces assembled to efficiently manage the crisis. The government has allocated Rs three crore to the district as part of the drought relief fund.

The DDMA’s 24/7 toll-free number 1077 is open for public concerns regarding water supply, and individuals are urged to contact this number. In case of unresponsiveness from officials, escalation of concerns to the Deputy Commissioner can be done directly through the landline number 0824-2220588. The district remains vigilant and proactive in addressing the impending water scarcity.

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