Relief from garbage stink

Relief from garbage stink
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These canals are unofficial dumping yards of the city during the summer. Residents near-by these canals have been suffering for many months due to drying up of canals and filthy smell emanated from the rotten garbage and mud water.

Vijayawada: Thousands of people living near-by the three canals-- Eluru canal, Bandar canal and Ryves canal-- heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday due to the release of water to these canals by irrigation department. Garbage piled up in these canals for over six months was partially washed away from the canals.

These canals are unofficial dumping yards of the city during the summer. Residents near-by these canals have been suffering for many months due to drying up of canals and filthy smell emanated from the rotten garbage and mud water.

Due to lack of underground drainage system in many parts of the city, drain water is being released in these canals for many decades. All these factors multiplied the problems of the residents living near to these canals. These canals have also become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Thousands of families have been eagerly waiting for the release of water this season. Finally, their problems partially ended on Tuesday due to release of water from the Prakasam barrage and Krishna main canal.

About 1,000 cusecs of water released to Eluru canal and Bandar canal and 1,500 cusecs of water released to Ryves canal. Consequently, garbage and filthy water washed away in the flow.

Linking of Godavari and Krishna rivers through Pattiseema lift irrigation project helped Prakasam barrage to get over 7,000 cusecs of water.

It is expected that the water flow will continue for many weeks. Krishna water will also reach to Prakasam barrage in a couple days as Almatti dam in Karnataka is overflowing with flood water. The water will be released to downstream projects Srisailam and later to Sagar.

Hundreds of washer men families will also be benefited with the release of water. These families are losing livelihood due to drying up of these canals. These families are going to Prakasam barrage or other areas for washing the clothes due to drying up of canals.

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