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Karnataka Launches Statewide Water Testing Amid Cholera Outbreak Concerns

The Deputy Chief Minister reported that drinking water contamination has surfaced in some parts of the state due to rains, posing a risk of cholera and other water-borne diseases. As a result, officials have been directed to conduct tests statewide.

Edited By : simran rajpal | Updated: May 24, 2024 07:00 IST
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Karnataka Begins Statewide Water Testing Amid Cholera Outbreak

On Thursday, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar announced that the state will conduct tests on drinking water for contamination, including in Bengaluru, to prevent water-borne diseases. This decision comes in response to multiple cholera cases reported in the state, which recently resulted in one death and several others falling ill from consuming contaminated water.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that reports of drinking water contamination in some parts of the state due to rains have surfaced, posing a risk of cholera and other water-borne diseases. Consequently, officials have been instructed to carry out tests across the state. The Deputy Chief Minister also mentioned that this matter has been discussed with the Chief Minister.

He added that officials must ensure the provision of quality drinking water and conduct periodic tests. They have also been instructed to repair all dysfunctional drinking water dispensing units.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah reviewed the state’s monsoon preparedness and directed district administrations to take necessary precautionary measures to address issues arising from heavy rains.

DK Shivakumar added that he and the Chief Minister visited several ongoing infrastructural projects in Bengaluru. The Chief Minister has instructed officials to complete specific works, and a task force will soon be established to oversee the progress of these projects.

When asked about encroachers of stormwater drains and lakes obtaining stay orders against the planned demolition, he said the government would operate within the legal framework.

Above-normal monsoon rains are expected in Karnataka this year.

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First published on: May 24, 2024 07:00 AM IST

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