Its almost the end of June and Belagavi has hardly seen some good rains which can be measured. Its cloudy over a fortnight but the rains have given it a miss.
The administration has approved a Rs 1.94-crore contingency plan to provide drinking water to Belagavi city. About 65 borewells will come up within a week under the plan which has been necessitated due to deficient rainfall.
The water level at Rakaskop reservoir has reached dead storage and water is being pumped from that, and supplied once in 6-10 days. The 10 demo wards under the 24×7 water supply have also been affected.
The Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board has installed about 10 high capacity pump sets to lift water from the dead storage in Rakaskopp reservoir. The dead storage at Rakasakopp could meet the drinking water needs of the city for the next 10 days.
If there is no rains in the catchment areas of the Markandeya river water from Hidkal would be supplied but it would also be once in 8-10 days.
There has been no inflow into the Rakaskop reservoir as there has been almost nil rainfall in the nearby catchment areas.