Mangaluru to run out of water by 12 May?
The Mangaluru City Corporation has decided to supply water once in two days from today due to the scarcity of water in the Netravathi river, Forests Minister and Dakshina Kannada district-in-charge B Ramanath Rai said in a statement.
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals, Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers and the New Mangalore Port would also get water once in two days. Rai said that Thumbe dam and AMR Hydel Power has enough water for only 12 days.
If water was supplied on alternate days, drinking water is estimated to be supplied only till 12 May. The minister said water levels at the Thumbe dam on Monday stood at 9.6 feet against the maximum full level of 13 feet. The water level was 12.7 feet on the same day last year.
The dam's water level at Shambhoor stood at 13.9 metres against the maximum level of 18.9 metres. The dam’s water level on the same day last year was 17.8 metres.
Rai also pleaded with the public to minimize their water usage and cut down on wastage. He added that the impact of last year's 12% deficit in rainfall was being felt now.
The Mangaluru City Corporation also has announced that it would stop all water supply to construction sites. Builders who were getting water from the corporation have been asked to make their own arrangements.