Water level in NTR Jalasayam falls

Water level in NTR Jalasayam falls
Highlights

Depletion of water in NTR Jalasayam is a cause of concern as it is only the drinking water body which supplies water to Chittoor city. Water levels have fallen drastically due to dry spell for the last three consecutive years. The water available in the dam can meet the needs of Chittoor city for one more month.

Chittoor: Depletion of water in NTR Jalasayam is a cause of concern as it is only the drinking water body which supplies water to Chittoor city. Water levels have fallen drastically due to dry spell for the last three consecutive years. The water available in the dam can meet the needs of Chittoor city for one more month.

Highlights:

  • Chittoor city residents may face drinking water shortage
  • Minister Amarnath Reddy assured of supplying Handri Neeva water to NTR Jalasayam

To find a permanent solution for drinking water scarcity to Chittoor city, Chandrababu Naidu, who was the then Chief Minister, had laid foundation stone for NTR Jalasayam at Kalavagunta on September 19, 1996. The project was aimed at supplying 8 Millions litres per Day (MLD) drinking water to Chittoor city every day.

The requirement of water for 1.4 lakh population of Chittoor city per day is 22 MLD. Out of it, 8 MLD water is being supplied from NTR Jalasayam and the rest is being augmented through energized borewells in the city. Transportation of water through 120 private tankers in the city was in force up to 2015.

Due to shortage of funds, the Chittoor Municipal Corporation has suspended the transportation of drinking water in the city and has been supplying the water from NTR Jalasayam for the last 11 months. Speaking to The Hans India here on Tuesday, Municipal Commissioner G Balasubramanyam admitted that water in the NTR Jalasayam will be dried up in a month. “We can hardly supply the water to the city from the NTR Jalasayam for another month.

If there is no water recharge in Kalavagunta river then we have to face serious crises for providing drinking water to Chittoor city,” he added. Meanwhile, Industries Minister Amarnath Reddy assured of supplying Handri Neeva water to NTR Jalasayam by the end of the year.

By C Prabhakara rao

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