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No drinking water in Bhadrachalam

No drinking water in Bhadrachalam
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It is very unfortunate for the townies of Bhadrachalam to face drinking water problems, which is located on the banks of River Godavari.

Bhadrachalam: It is very unfortunate for the townies of Bhadrachalam to face drinking water problems, which is located on the banks of River Godavari.

Bhadrachalam town is one of the major gram panchayat with 24 wards and with about one lakh population. There are as many as 200 hand pumps in the town.

The Public Water Works department every alternate day supplies 13 lakh gallons of water through nearly 4,000 tap connections in the town.

Taps in half of the wards only have connections and the people of remaining wards without tap connections, are forced to travel three to four kilometres to get water.

Despite abundant availability of water in River Godavari, the residents of the town are forced to depend on water tankers and to purchase water from water plants.

A housewife from Jagadish Colony in the town, M Jyothi, said government changes for every five years but the drinking water problem in the temple town remains forever. “The drinking problem is there in the town since my childhood”. She appealed to the TRS government to provide drinking water to every house in the town.

Another resident of the town, T Rama Rao, said the government has been giving statements of water supply to each and every household once Mission Bhagiratha is completed. But, he appealed the government to lift water from Godavari, flowing near the town, and supply it to every house.

Speaking on the issue, another resident PV Krishnama Chary criticised that the government was negligent towards the needs of the temple town. Drinking water problem is acute during summer season. Gram panchayat has been supplying water through tankers to all colonies.

But it is a pity that the people of Bhadrachalam has no drinking water, with a river flowing beside their town, he added.

Gram panchayat executive officer Srinivas Rao said they will arrange more tankers in summer to supply drinking water to all the colonies. The department arranged water kiosks at all main centres in the town for pilgrims during this season.

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