Special teams consisting of staff from revenue, police and minor irrigation departments should be constituted to prevent the encroachment of lakes/tanks and irrigation channels, said Additional Joint Collector N. Ramesh Kumar.

Mr. Kumar presided over meeting convened to discuss steps needed to increase the speed of recharging groundwater in 36 villages in Krishna district.

Ground Water Deputy Director A. Varaprasad explained to the revenue, irrigation and other department officials the need for steps to stop overexploitation of groundwater and its quick recharge.

He said 36 villages mainly in Nuzvid, Musunuru and Bapulapadu mandals have been categorised as villages over exploiting ground water.

Mr. Kumar said ground water was not getting recharged because of indiscriminate use of natural resources.

The encroachment of land in which there were water bodies or the channels that feed them was the prime reason for the failure in the recharging of the ground water.

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