Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

Over-exploitation of ground water cited

Bore wells in posh colonies go dry signalling worst days ahead

Residents indiscriminately digging bore wells in desperation

WARANGAL: The posh areas Balasamudram and Advocates Colony, hitherto most sought after for being located in the heart of Hanamkonda town are now being deserted due to water scarcity.

The bore wells in these colonies have gone dry signalling worst days ahead when the summer peaks.

Those staying in rented houses have already started shifting to other areas unable to manage the crisis.

Monsoon failure

Failure of monsoon and over exploitation of ground water resulted in a disaster in many colonies in the tri-cities of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet. The Balasamudram and Advocates Colony and many other areas in Hanamkonda witnessed mushrooming of apartments within a short span of time.

“One bore well in a 300 square yard plot can yield water enough for a family and cannot meet the water requirement of 25 to 30 families in a apartment that comes up in the same place,” pointed out K Ravinder Reddy, a resident of Sahakar Nagar.

The ground water level in Hanamkonda town which was 9.28 metres in January 2010 had gone down to 10.36 metres in February.

One could see several residents indiscriminately digging bore wells in desperation, but in vain. Several residents are purchasing water from Municipal Corporation and private operators at Rs. 350 to Rs. 400 per tank.

V. Krishnamacharya of Dwaraka Sai Apartments, Advocates Colony said when the 400 feet bore well went dry this year they had another bore well up to 600 feet.

The residents depended on private operators purchasing two water tanks at Rs. 350 each, every day, for some days.

Rain water harvesting

Expressing unhappiness over the sad development, ground water expert, M. Panduranga Rao said it was time the residents adopted rain water harvesting techniques to recharge the groundwater table.

“Unless we take it up as a mass movement, we cannot expect things to be better in the days to come,” he said speaking to The Hindu.