More than 110 villages spread in six mandals in Medak district may face critical water shortage problem during summer, which has already begun. This was identified by the Rural Water Supply (RWS) department and officials were directed to take note of the situation and make arrangements to deal with the problem. About 1,800 borewells were already dried up and alternate arrangements were being made.

As part of that, water sources and transport requirement based on the population of village/habitations were being worked out. The department has taken up crash programme to take up repairs of hand-held borewells and the required amount was already sanctioned. So far, technicians visited about 8,000 hand pumps in the district, made 6,136 sets ready for use in summer and declared that 1,882 borewells had dried up and they could only be used after commencement of the rainy season.

The technicians were expected to visit another 7,000 borewells before the end of first week of May and complete repair works or announce their condition so that alternate arrangements could be made. “Major repairs were taken up to 1,012 borewells while minor repairs were done to 712 borewells. We are gearing to meet any situation,” A. Vijaya Prakash, Superintending Engineer, RWS, told The Hindu. He said that the officials were directed to attend to complaints being lodged by the people in Parishkaram programme and update the progress.

Collector A. Dinakar Babu held a review meeting at Collectorate on Thursday.

Mr. Dinakar Babu said that officials should address problems like deepening and flushing of bores, repairs to borewells, extension of pipelines and transportation of water from sources to habitations by using tractors. Directing the assistant engineers to supervise the works sanctioned under contingency relief fund and non-contingency relief fund personally, the Collector said that these works need to be completed on war footing.