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Groundwater level in Hyderabad dips to new low

Groundwater level in Hyderabad dips to new low
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Alarm bells are ringing in the city and this time it is not regarding the deadly virus swine flu but plummeting ground water levels. To make matters worse, people will have to brace for a torrid summer. The recently released annual report by the Telangana Ground Water Department (TGWD) indicates that the water levels in Hyderabad have plummeted by 2.52 metres during the year gone by.

Hyderabad: Alarm bells are ringing in the city and this time it is not regarding the deadly virus swine flu but plummeting ground water levels. To make matters worse, people will have to brace for a torrid summer. The recently released annual report by the Telangana Ground Water Department (TGWD) indicates that the water levels in Hyderabad have plummeted by 2.52 metres during the year gone by.

The average levels in 2014 were at 9.46 metres Below Ground Level (BGL) while in 2013 they were at 6.94 metres. “Barring Asifnagar, Serilingampally and Bhadurpura mandals, water levels dropped throughout the city,” points out G Sambaiah, director, TGWD. All the mandals in Ranga Reddy have recorded a fall in the water levels and the average levels in 2014 were 12.74 metres as against 8.62 metres the year period, which translates into a 4.12 metres fall.

“The main reason for this can be attributed to deficit rainfall throughout the season. We had a poor monsoon and till December 2014, the deficit was almost 59 per cent. Apart from that, the levels are dropping due to exploitation of groundwater. Illegal bore wells are sucking out the ground water,” Sambaiah quips.

While Bhahadurpura registered a marginal rise in water levels by 0.60 metres, the levels in Nampally dipped by 8.77 metres. In Ranga Reddy district, water levels in Tandur mandal rose by 0.55 metres while that of Bantawaram dropped by 18.87 metres.

By:Aditya Parankusam

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