Drought stalks Telangana, but it’s water, water, everywhere here

Drought stalks Telangana, but it’s water, water, everywhere here
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While the entire State is facing an acute water crisis, Mamada village in Vemanpally mandal in the district is facing a weird problem - plentiful of water gushing out through bore-wells. It is virtual water burst out from about 30 bore wells in the village. Capping the bore-wells has become a big challenge to irrigation engineers.

Adilabad: While the entire State is facing an acute water crisis, Mamada village in Vemanpally mandal in the district is facing a weird problem - plentiful of water gushing out through bore-wells. It is virtual water burst out from about 30 bore wells in the village. Capping the bore-wells has become a big challenge to irrigation engineers.

  • Water gushing out of borewells non-stop
  • Farmers demand capping of bore wells
  • Crops being damaged due to excess flow of water

Paddy is being cultivated in about 500 acres using water from these bore-wells. Earlier, several farmers in the village incurred heavy losses by digging bore-wells as they failed to strike water. Paddy farmers, who dug bore-wells in their agricultural fields, expressed happiness initially on stumbling upon water aplenty.

But, when water started gushing out of the bore-wells, they thought the flow would subside after sometime. But it did not stop. Diversion of the bore-well water has become a big problem. There are also instances of pipeline bursts due to the outflow of water with heavy pressure. Round-the-clock inadvertent supply of water has made the paddy fields slushy affecting the yield.

Speaking to The Hans India, Rajanna, a farmer, said, “The entire village has faced submersion threat due the water burst out. Several farmers in the village have lodged complaints in the local police station against one another for crop damage due to inundation. There is an urgent need to cap the bore wells.”

Chinnanna, another farmer, said, “The water burst out has proved to be a bane to our village. Our average paddy yield per acre has declined by half due to excess water in the fields.” Some geologists attribute the strange phenomenon in Mamada village to heavy storage of water in the nearby Neelwai project.

Another farmer Narsaiah said, “We fear to live in our houses as there is likelihood of collapse of the structures due to seeping of water into the ground. Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao should find a solution to the problem of plentiful water by setting up an expert committee. Otherwise, people may be left with no option except leaving the village.”

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