Alternate day water supply in Madikeri
It is not even summer, but alternate day water supply has become the order of the day in Madikeri, the headquarters of the Kodagu district.
This sorry state of affairs has been going for many years and the elected representatives and the officials of the district administration have to take the blame for it.
It is basically a man-made problem, though the erratic monsoon could also have contributed to the alarming situation.
It is a man-made disaster because the Kootuhole reservoir, the main source of water supply to Madikeri, has been leaking for so many years now and the authorities, especially the elected members of the Madikeri city municipal council, have not taken the issue of plugging the leakage seriously.
Interestingly, the authorities have been pumping the leaked water from Kootuhole, back to the reservoir for the past 15 days.
Thankfully, the municipal council has taken up work on the Kundamestri project. Once this was completed, water could be directly pumped to the storage and filter tanks in the city.
Most of the water supply schemes take years to complete. Unless the municipal authorities brace themselves up to complete the Kundamestri project early, Madikeri would continue to face water scarcity.
What is worrying is the fact that other sources of drinking water supply like the Roshanara tank and Pumpinakere have also been drying up.
Frequent and unscheduled power cuts had further deteriorated the water supply situation in Madikeri.
Madikeri has emerged as a leading tourist destination in the recent years. To sustain the tourist traffic, there is need for uninterrupted supply of drinking water.