K’taka govt has failed to tackle water-crisis, says Oppn leader

K’taka govt has ‘failed’ to implement drinking water projects to tackle crisis, says Oppn leader Eshwarappa

The Karnataka government had ‘failed’ to implement drinking water projects to solve the water crisis that has affected various parts of the state, Opposition leader in the state legislative council K S Eshwarappa said in Manguluru on Tuesday.

The government had become ‘bankrupt’ and was unable to pay even advance amount to contractors for carrying out drinking water projects, he told reporters here.

The various drinking water projects planned in Dakshina Kannada district had not yet been started, though the problem of drinking water shortage was very serious, he said.

There were around 7,000 drinking water schemes in the state and the Rural Development Minister H K Patil had promised that these would be completed by March last.

However, the government had not been able to implement the projects till now, he alleged.

He also charged that Rs 1,500 crore sanctioned by the Centre to the state towards compensation for crop damage had not been properly utilised.

Karkala MLA Sunil Kumar, MLC Kota Srinivasa Poojary and district BJP president Prataph Simha Nayak were present at the press meet.