Kalaburgi regional commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas, who is overseeing all the drought relief measures, brushed this suggestion away. “A train carrying30lakhlitresof waterwillnot even meet the needs of Jewargi town for one day. We are supplying water from government borewells, hired about 30 private borewells at ₹ 25,000 each. We are sending out 27 tankers dailywithacapacityof 9000litrestoall the six districts.”
Fodder is also in much scarcity with farmers walking their cows over 25 kms to government goshalas and staying with them instead of returning. “Many have also just abandoned their cattle. Even those taking them to slaughter houses don’t have money to buy,” said Malliah Guttedar at the Aurad goshala.
Kar n a t a k a c h i e f mini s t e r Siddaramaiah, touring the droughthit region, said that there is no shortage of funds for drinking water and fodder, while the state will approach the Centre with another memorandum seeking drought relief funds.