Summer warmth is palpable with the mercury touching 38 levels Celsius in Anantapur, however after half a decade, the district is in a cushty place as there isn’t any demand from anyplace for the availability of water by way of tankers, in distinction to 129 tankers that have been quenching thirst by World Water Day final 12 months in as many villages.
In 2019, 1,334 of the three,324 villages within the district didn’t have any supply of filtered or handled water, and the Rural Water Supply Department used to produce ingesting water to 466 villages by way of tankers. It didn’t come down final 12 months too, with the federal government spending ₹25 crore for transportation of water in 2020. The quantity spent was near ₹16 crore in 2019.
Thanks to good beneficial properties in final 12 months’s monsoon, 2,016 villages have some supply or different created by the RWS and the remaining don’t want any exterior provide this 12 months as of now.
RWS Superintendent Engineer D. Venkata Ramana estimates the necessity for provide by way of tankers may not come up until the final week of April. For a rural inhabitants of 29 lakh, the RWS has above 200 MLD water filtration capability, of which 175 MLD is purposeful and the remaining are below upkeep to be prepared by the point summer peaks. “We are at present supplying about 55 litres per day per capita in rural areas,” Mr. Ramana stated.
District officers are joyous concerning the floor water storage and groundwater place as all main/medium reservoirs and summer storage tanks had brimmed through the wet season.As of March 20, 95% of Gandikota Reservoir (present availability 25.7 tmcft), 37% of Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir (4.13 tmcft), 96% of Chitravathi Balancing Reservoir (9.65 tmcft), 49% of Mid Pennar (2.58 tmcft), 78% of Cherlopalli (1.26 tmcft), 57% of Chagallu (1.03 tmcft) and 79% of Marala Reservoir (0.48 tmcft) was obtainable.
Kurnool Rural Water Supply Superintendent Engineer Ch. Vidyasagar stated whereas 222 habitations have been equipped water by way of tankers in Kurnool district in 2019 spending ₹20 crore, it got here all the way down to ₹2.5 crore final 12 months because of good rains. Only 23 habitations in Adoni and Nandyal Mandals needed to be equipped water in comparison with 10,000 journeys a day from March 27 to August 5 the earlier 12 months.
This 12 months, there isn’t any demand in any respect as of now, however the RWS Junior Engineer Prem Kumar tells The Hindu that they have been ready with an motion plan for supplying to 85 habitations by June this 12 months and had obtained sanction for ₹3.34 crore.