Bengaluru, April 2: For many years now people of Tumkur, Madhugiri, Kolar, Chikkaballapur and surrounding areas have been deprived of drinking water.
Pleas have fallen on deaf ears but the people of these regions have not yet given up. A group of engineers from these regions have come together to voice their concerns about drinking water.
OneIndia spoke to Sudhakar Byatroy, an electrical consultant and also a member of this campaign that is fighting for drinking water in these regions.
"For almost 20 years there is no proper drinking water in these regions. We have spoken to so many officials but no one has done anything for us," he tells OneIndia. Sudhakar says that even Congress MP from Chikkaballapur, Veerappa Moily has failed to work for his own constituency.
"Mr Veerappa Moily came during the elections and gave us assurance that things would improve. But since the elections he hasn't been here and has done nothing," he says.
In order to raise the issue with higher officials, many engineers from the region came to Bengaluru to protest on March 14 regarding the issue but the state government did not pay any heed.
Engineers from these region have solutions
Sudhakar tells OneIndia that there are many engineers who have a lot of data and have alternate ways to solve the water crisis but no one lends an ear to them. "A retired engineer from our area has put together some data which can solve the water crisis.
He says that if water is diverted from the right side of Tungabhadra river to these regions, it is likely to put an end to the water problems in the district," Sudhakar added. He says that forget the implementation no one is even ready to hear him.
Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi help them?
Lamenting about the problems, Sudhakar says that he would like to raise the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Bengaluru for the next two days [BJP office bearers meet in Bengaluru]
"We are planning to take this memorandum to BJP leader Anantha Kumar so that it can reach PM Narendra Modi. We hope that atleast Mr Modi, who has launched campaigns to clean River Ganga will understand our plight," he said.