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Transportation planned to meet water needs

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ANANTAPUR, MARCH 24. The district administration has initiated all steps to ensure a per capita supply of 40 litres of water per day in the district, in spite of the adverse seasonal conditions and severe drought. Transportation of water is being planned as the last option.

Talking to newspersons here today the district Collector, Y.V. Anuradha, and the Superintending Engineer of RWS, Gnaneshwar Rao, said that 16 mandals were identified as most problematic where the average ground water table was 175 ft. In other areas of the district too the average water table had fallen to above 100 ft.

Of the 13,690 hand pumps in the district, 1,500 had gone dry already. It had been projected that 881 villages would face water scarcity during April-June period and of them, 178 would require transportation at a cost of Rs. 10 crores.

Water was already being transported to five villages in Madakasira area. Water was transported to 63 villages during the same period last year. Besides, five agriculture borewells were identified for takeover for the purpose of supplying drinking water.

The SE stated that they were attending to the problems on a war-footing by deepening the existing borewells and sinking new ones. People were also being sensitised to utilise the water judiciously. As an innovative method, the RWS Department was fixing 1 to 1.5 HP motors to borewells, where the water level had gone down. The administration had sanctioned such motors to 90 borewells and 30 of them were already functioning in Agali area with about one inch yield each. The Collector stated that Rs. 5.45 crores was allocated to meet the problem in urban areas of which Rs. 3.24 cores had already been released.

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