Mangalore, Jan 1 (UNI) Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, stating that the government would take over Ponds in the State, today warned that stringent action against those who have encroached Pond lands.
Talking to newsmen here, he said that there are 36,476 Ponds in the State and the water, if utilised properly, can be utilised for irrigating 17 lakh acres of land. At present only about five lakh acres were irrigated by water in the Ponds.
He said of the total Ponds in the State, 3400 were under Minor Irrigation Department, while remaining were maintained by Local bodies. If these Ponds were developed by desilting, the water available could be better utilised for irrigation purpose and moreover it would also help in recharging the ground water level.
Referring to the proposed construction of New Dam at Thumbe for supply of drinking water to Mangalore City, Mr Yediyurappa said that since the Municipal Corporation was not in a position to spend money for the project, the government would bear the entire cost of Rs 40 Crore and Rs 10 Crore would be sanctioned in the next Cabinet Meeting and the project would be completed within two years of commencement.
Replying to a question about stone pelting incident during a procession in connection with 'Virat Hindu Samajotsava' at Bantwal last evening, in which 12 people were injured, Mr Yediyurappa said that Police would take action against those who instigated violence.
Eight people were arrested in connection with the incident.