Dharwad: Residents of Morab village, positioned around 30 kilometres some distance from Karnataka’s Hubli, occupy refused to drink water from a lake after a suspected HIV-obvious lady allegedly committed suicide by jumping into it a week ago.
Unable to reassure the locals, authorities are now draining the 36-acre lake and planning to replenish it with water from the Malaprabha canal.
The physique of the girl was once stumbled on on November 29, after which observe spread that the water has been snide. Villagers refused to drink the water and insisted that the gram panchayat and Navalgund taluk administration drain the lake.
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Authorities first told villagers that they could maybe test the water, but no person relented. Left with no varied option, officers occupy now deployed 20 siphon tubes with four motors to pump out the water.
On the choice hand, Dr Prabhu Biradar, Chief Clinical Officer, Hubli-Dharwad Metropolis Municipal Company told ANI, “After the patient with suspected HIV committed suicide, folk of the village occupy demanded to prefer away water from the lake. This is entirely unscientific as HIV would now not spread via water”
Morab Lake is the final observe within the Navalgund taluk in north Karnataka and is the final observe offer of drinking water. Villagers now lag about 3 kilometres to the Malaprabha canal to receive water.
Gram panchayat member Laxman Patil acknowledged, “We nonetheless prefer to drain 60 per cent of the lake and wish no lower than 5 days to empty it. There is one other convey, the taluk administration wants us to produce the assignment by December 6 as the Malaprabha accurate canal will be closed after December eight, and we now prefer to personal the lake. We no lower than need a week to empty and personal the lake.”