Canals flow to brim, but people face drinking water scarcity

Canals flow to brim, but people face drinking water scarcity
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Residents of Kurnool Old Town are seen struggling to fetch a pot full of water from the water tanker
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Rivers like Krishna, Tungabhadra and Kundu are overflowing in the district and irrigation projects, Kurnool-Cuddapah (KC) canal, Hundri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS), Pothireddy Padu, Srisailam Right Bank Canal (SRBC) and Telugu Ganga are also filled.

Kurnool: Rivers like Krishna, Tungabhadra and Kundu are overflowing in the district and irrigation projects, Kurnool-Cuddapah (KC) canal, Hundri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS), Pothireddy Padu, Srisailam Right Bank Canal (SRBC) and Telugu Ganga are also filled.

However, the people in Kurnool district continue to face drinking water scarcity. Though water is flowing through Kurnool town the residents are getting drinking water once or twice in a week.

On several occasions the residents staged protests demanding to resolve drinking water woes, but the officials are least concerned to address the problem. In addition to Kurnool, several villages on western part of the district are also facing water shortage.

The residents of Kodumur staged road blockade demanding supply of drinking water Guduru, Dhone, Alur, Adoni, Yemmignoor and Pathikonda constituencies are also facing acute water scarcity.

More than 150 colonies in Kurnool Municipal Corporation limits are getting water once in a week. The officials are supplying water through tankers. Other colonies located on the outskirts of the town are being supplied water once in every ten days. More than 95 per cent families depend on the water supplied by Kurnool Municipal Corporation.

S Venkata Rathnam, resident of Swami Reddy Nagar said that the residents get water once in a week and it has become a difficult taks to lead life. Supplying water through water tankers is leading to physical fights among the residents.

On several occasions the residents are forced to purchase water after paying hefty money, he said. He alleged that the authorities of Corporation are much interested in collecting taxes rather than addressing the people's problems.

A source of Municipal Corporation has said that the city requires at least 70 million litres per day. But, only ten percent of the total requirement is being meted.

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