Belur and Halebid are plagued by severe water shortage and tourists to the famous 12th century Hoysala temples are put to hardship with the toilets stinking.
The borewells, the main source of water, have gone dry and the town municipal council supplies water from the river to the toilets built by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Archeological Survey of India (ASI) once in three days.
A private agency has been running the pay-and-use toilets and says it cannot operate the toilets without adequate water.
The ASI has taken no steps to build an underground tank to store water, the agency says. Tourists have also been made to pay more to use the toilets as the agency says it is forced to depended on private borewell agencies which charge Rs 400 for a tanker of water. The situation is only slightly better at the toilets run by the KSTDC which has installed water tanks to store water for a couple of days.
Mahadev and Rajiv Kumar who have been maintaining the toilets built by the ASI in Halebid and Belur respectively said the ASI has also not taken steps to drill another borewell though proposals for it have been submitted. Keshava, a resident of Belur said the toilets run by KSTDC and ASI are frequently closed when tankers don’t supply water on time. The situation would worsen in the coming months, he added. Krishnamurthy, a conservation assistant attached to ASI Hassan said steps would be taken to dig a new borewell.