Water scarcity grips Chittoor
The groundwater levels in the city drastically plummeted with continuous dry spell in the district. Many parts in the city are facing acute drinking water shortage and the residents are forced to purchase water from the private tankers.
Chittoor: The groundwater levels in the city drastically plummeted with continuous dry spell in the district.Many parts in the city are facing acute drinking water shortage and the residents are forced to purchase water from the private tankers.
The water levels in NTR Jalasayam, the lone drinking water source for Chittoor city, have steeply fallen with upper riparian areas not receiving rainfall. Kalavagunta Reservoir is almost dried up, which discharges water to NTR Jalasayam.
Out of 22.8 LMD water requirement, the Chittoor Municipal Corporation is supplying 11.23 MLD drinking water for 2.1 lakh population.
The Municipal Council has resolved to submit a special memorandum to the Director, Municipal Administration for releasing at least Rs 5.75 crore to mitigate the drinking water problem.
It may be recalled that Chittoor MLA D A Satyaprabha and Municipal Commissioner Balasubrahmanyam have met then Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi three weeks ago and sought special package for overall development of Chittoor city.
Speaking to The Hans India here on Saturday, Satyaprabha made it clear that it would be a tough task for the Chittoor civic body to tackle the drinking water scarcity in the wake of dip in water level in NTR Jalasayam. “Transportation of water through hired tankers would be resumed in the city after obtaining permission from the District Collector. NTR Jalasayam is no longer viable to fetch water to the city. Permanent strategy is to be evolved,” She said.
The MLA said the civic body has spent over Rs 200 crore for transporting water through hired tankers in the last three decades. She said she had submitted a proposal to the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to divert HNSS waters to Chittoor from Punganur through water gravity.
Admitting that drinking water was being sold in the city by private tankers, she said that she was exploring all possibilities to find a permanent solution for the water problem in Chittoor city.
By C Prabhakara Rao