22-Nov-2016

To,
Sri Jagadeesh, Commissioner, Mysuru City Corporation Mysuru, Dear Sri Jagadeesh

We the members of MGP are concerned about the worsening water supply situation with KRS water level falling below the 74-ft mark.Our attempts to find out if any disaster management plan exists to manage the forthcoming water crisis has not been successful, and time is running out for preparing such a disaster management plan.

It is in this background that we want to meet you to discuss how MGP can cooperate with MCC to prepare a disaster plan and assist MCC to implement it, so that Mysuru can be prepared to manage the water crisis till the next monsoon rains. MGP held an emergency meeting and discussed some initiatives that need to be considered, and these are listed below. This list needs to be urgently discussed, and plans prepared with the utmost urgency for implementation, to pre-empt untoward incidents among the public as people struggle for scarce water in the coming dry months

Citizens responsibility

Creating awareness among the public to conserve water: Not allowing overhead tanks to overflow; Not washing the front of the house or driveways using hose pipes; Not to wash cars using hose pipe; Keeping water consumption within the limits laid down by MCC; Use water sparingly to water the gardens and trees; Not to waste water coming out of domestic RO water purifying machines as waste water, etc

Prepare and display banners and distribute pamphlets on the water crisis and explain water conservation. Encourage consumers to pay water bills promptly, and make them aware of Point No.7 on the reverse of water bills, concerning disconnection. Organize citizens meetings on the water crisis to discuss how citizens can work with the authorities.

MCC / VVWW responsibility
Creating awareness among the public to conserve water:
Not allowing overhead tanks to overflow; Not washing the front of the house or driveways using hose pipes; Not to wash cars using hose pipe; Keeping water consumption within the limits laid down by MCC; Use water sparingly to water the gardens and trees; Not to waste water coming out of domestic RO water purifying machines as waste water, etc.

Prepare and display banners and distribute pamphlets on the water crisis and explain water conservation. When water meters are not working, order VVVW to fix new water meters on time-bound basis.

Ensure that every consumer has a working water meter and pays the water bills. In the past, MCC has issued press notes several times threatening to disconnect water connections of defaulters, but it has not been implemented. Citizens do not take it seriously, even though warning of disconnection without prior notice is printed at Point No.7 on the reverse of every water bill. This needs special attention in consultation with City Police.

Create empowered mobile squads (on the lines of Police Garuda) to take corrective action against misuse of water by consumers, non-repair of water mains leakages, etc. Proactively create greater awareness about the water crisis by distributing pamphlets, erecting banners all over the city, and getting local TV and radio to hold regular programs on the water crisis.

Liaise with school/college authorities to talk with the students on water crisis and the responsibilities of citizens to manage water crisis. Urgently study the magnitude and gravity of the water crisis in terms of

(1) Water availability weekwise starting 01 December 2016 upto 30 April 2016, and

(2) Supply timings and valvemen””””s duties in different areas. NIE and JCE could be requested to very urgently assist MCC / VVWW in this study. (MGP has already contacted some faculty members of these institutions).

In the past, a water tanker mafia has exploited citizens. MCC needs to develop plans to pre-empt such exploitation. It is understood that VVWW does not have enough tankers. Hence contracts to hire adequate water tankers need to be planned immediately by MCC/VVWW.

A situation may arise when water rationing may have to be imposed. In such a situation, MCC should be empowered to levy penal rates on consumers who consume excess water. MCC should plan to equip itself to meet all the legal and regulatory requirements by getting immediate appropriate clearance from Government of Karnataka. Also, MCC may consider using available GIS information on occupancy for water rationing.

Arrange training and orientation of VVVW staff on managing the water crisis. Participate meaningfully in public meetings on the water crisis, by sending key personnel of MCC and VVWW to participate. Hold an urgent meeting of elected representatives, concerned staff and NGOs to discuss the above steps and agree on a time-based action plan.

It is true that citizens have to cooperate in crisis situations, and we assure you that MGP will do its best to help and assist in this regard. But we also request you to note that the responsibility for water supply and management of any crisis in this regard is the responsibility of MCC and VVWW, in consultation with concerned government departments and quasi-government bodies. Hoping that this matter will be taken very seriously and looking forward to fruitful discussions and successful management of water supply in the public interest,

Yours faithfully,

Colonel Mahendra Babu
Chairman, MGP Sub-Committee on Water