Guntur, February 13

The Guntur district is staring at a severe water crisis this summer. 373 villages in 44 mandals are facing drinking water crisis even during February month.

As many as 200 tanks in the district are dried up and the water levels are continuing to plummet.

Both the public and officials are worried about April and May months if the situation is like this in February itself. The officials have prepared proposals to solve drinking water problem with about Rs 15 crores. But when these funds would be released and when the works start to quench the thirst of the public, no one knows.

The officials identified that Pedakakani, Guntur, Prattipadu, Pedanandipadu, Vatticherukuru, Medikonduru, Phirangipuram, Tadikonda, Sattenapalli, Muppalla, Rajupalem, Nakerekal, Bellamkonda, Amaravathi, Narasaraopet, Rompicherla, Bollapalli, Nujendla, Epuru, Savalyapuram, Vinukonda, Dachepalli, Piduguralla, Machavaram, Gurajala, Rentachintala, Macherla, Veldurti, Durgi, Karampudi, Yedlapadu, Nadendla, Chilakaluripet, Bapatla, Kanumanu, Karlapalem, Pittalavanipalem, Ponnuru, Amartaluru, Chebrolu, Repalle, Nizampatnam and Nagaram mandals in the district are facing severe water problem.

The water crisis could be solved if the 200 tanks that were dried up in the district are filled with water from Nagarjuna Sagar, Guntur channel and Krishna West delta canal.

Water Crisis

RWS officials have submitted proposals with Rs 15 crores on drinking water supply in 2017 summer to the government. These proposals include water supply through tankers, repairs to hand pumps and wells, filling drinking water tanks with canals, usage of wells at public places and private people, improving other water resources.

As per the officials Rs 3 crores is needed to fill the drinking water tanks in the district, by supplying water through 53,000 water tankers. This needs Rs 7.3 crores, according to officials’ estimation.

According to officials, Rs 3.5 crore for improving water resources in the district and Rs 20 lakh for repairing 263 bores in the district is required.

84 bores in Macharla mandal, 46  in Veldurti, 40 in Rentachintala, 31 in Durgi, 25 in Karempudi, 10 in Gurajala, 11 in Machavaram, 10 in Phirangipuram and two bores in Bollapalli have to be repaired.

Rs two crores is needed to further deepen the dried up bores. Rs 32 lakh is needed to repair the 34 drinking water wells in the district. Especially 26 wells in Medikonduru mandal and eight in Tadikonda needs repair.

The government has not yet released the drinking water bills of last year. The tankers’ contractors are not willing to supply water this year as their bills are not released till date.

Following the government’s orders to improve private water resources to supply water, people’s representatives have repaired the wells in villages and supplied water by getting motors fixed and oiling the engines. But they complained that the government has not released the bills of these works.

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