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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.

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