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?One more dam can solve water problem?

SENIOR OFFICIALS have suggested that the construction of another dam at Kolar could sort out the problem of water in the area. This dam would cost Rs 118 crore.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 01:05 IST

SENIOR OFFICIALS have suggested that the construction of another dam at Kolar could sort out the problem of water in the area. This dam would cost Rs 118 crore.

However, a five-member committee headed by the district collector has been constituted to tackle the problem of water on Kolar Road. Various issues were taken up for discussion during a meeting convened to find out permanent cure of water crisis at Kolar Road, Chhola Road, gas-affected colonies and 13 villages in the Govindpura Assembly constituency.

The meeting was chaired by Minister for Commerce and Industries and Govindpura MLA Babulal Gaur. Senior officials including Principal Secretary, PHE, Rakesh Agrawal, Secretary, Housing and Environment, S S Uppal, Divisional Commissioner K K Singh, district collector Sanjay Shukla and BMC Commissioner Manish Singh were also present on the occasion.

The divisional commissioner informed that another dam on Seep river could sort out the problem of availability for Phase II of the Kolar Augmentation Scheme. This would cost Rs 118 crore.

He informed that an additional 50 million cubic metre (mcm) water could be made available through this dam. Bhopal Municipal Corporation Commissioner Manish Singh said that the BMC is implementing the Kolar II Scheme at an expenditure of Rs 66 crore.

An amount of Rs 10 crore has already been spent on the scheme, he said adding that the BMC has spent Rs 1.5 crore for water availability on Chhola road and the gas-affected colonies.

He added further that there are reports of oil being mixed in the ground water at Chhola Road. In his address, Minister for Commerce and Industries Babulal Gaur said that the availability of drinking water should be top priority.

He directed the officials concerned to prepare the proposals of hawkers corner and search land for a hospital on Kolar Road. On the occasion, the residents of Kolar Road said that a Water Recharging Pit has been developed by them on Kaliasot river.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 01:05 IST