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Canal water in city faces pollution threat

Canal water in city faces pollution threat
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Three beautiful canals passing through the Vijayawada city will get more polluted water with the completion of storm water works, which were taken up at a cost of Rs 461 crore.  The Public Health Department is constructing storm water drains with a total length of 443 km. Of which, minor drains length is 301 km and the remaining 142 km are major drains.

Vijayawada: Three beautiful canals passing through the Vijayawada city will get more polluted water with the completion of storm water works, which were taken up at a cost of Rs 461 crore. The Public Health Department is constructing storm water drains with a total length of 443 km. Of which, minor drains length is 301 km and the remaining 142 km are major drains.

All these storm water drains are directly connected to three canals, Eluru canal, Bandar canal and Ryves canal in the city. More than 80 per cent of existing side drains in the city were built in last 70 years and connected to the existing canals and five water treatment plants located in different parts of the city.

Water that is utilised in the old city is connected to Eluru canal passing via drain under Vijayawada railway station. Similarly, drain water is Poornanandam pet, Kedareswara Pet and other areas diverted to Eluru canal. Drain water in Arundelpet, Suryarao Pet, Machavaram and other areas up to Gunadala diverted to Ryves canal. Dozens of colonies located along Bandar road are connected to Bandar canal.

Now, with the construction of storm water drains at a cost of Rs 461 crore, more sewage water will be diverted to three canals causing more pollution. The Union government has sanctioned Rs 461 crore to resolve storm water problem in the city. The L& T company conducted a detailed survey and began the works nearly six months ago.

Hundreds of villages along the Eluru canal up to Eluru city in West Godavari district, Gudivada and Machilipatnam will use the water of these canals for drinking and daily consumption purposes. If these three canals get more storm water, the water pollution levels will be increased.

A senior official inspecting the storm water drainage works in Public Health department said the L&T Company conducted the survey and State government had given a green signal for starting the works. Denizens of Vijayawada expressed their displeasure over the high pollution levels in the existing canals.

The VMC and Amaravati Development Corporation are jointly making efforts for beautification of canal bunds in the city. Storm water works will further pollute the existing canals, which supplies drinking waters to more than 100 villages in Krishna and West Godavari districts. If the VMC constructs some treatment plants and divert storm waters to it, the pollution levels can be reduced to some extent in the canals.

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