The work to remove silt in the Neerasagar reservoir (Dummawad tank), which is one of the drinking water sources for Hubballi Dharwad was launched by the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mines and Coal Pralhad Joshi, and Revenue Minister R.V. Deshpande on June 23.
The silt was removed in the reservoir in the year 2003 at a cost of Rs 4 crore and 7.72 lakh cubic meters of silt were removed from the reservoir. The reservoir, which was filled to the top in 2009, has not been complete following and a lot of silt has been gathered. Due to the rainfall, the water level has reached the storage level. The reservoir which was termed as Dummawas tank was constructed in 1955 to provide drinking water to Hubballi and Dharwad.
Mr. Deshpande said that the exercise would cost around Rs 8 crore. “We approached the Managing Director of Tata Hitachi, Rakesh Singh, on the issued requested him to take up the work under the CSR funds of the company. Now the company has provided three earthmovers and the work is likely to go on for three months”, he said.
Mr. Deshpande stated that the farmers had been asked to take the silt removed from the reservoir to their farmlands at their expense and accordingly various have accepted to make arrangements. He said that “However as some farmers have already prepared their farmlands for sowing, they may not be able to take the silt. In such a case, the removal of silt might be taken up again in October.” The Minster also said that the Deputy Commissioner of Dharward had been managed to clear encroachments.
Mr. Joshi stated that works for protecting enough water to both cities will be filled by December. He also told already started the beautification of the reservoir and develop it as a visiting place.