Big dip in ground water level in city

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M. Sai Gopal

Situation bleak in S.R.Nagar and Marredpally

  • Average GRD 4.79 metres in September
  • Rainwater getting wasted, says GWD official

    HYDERABAD: The ground water level in the twin cities has gone down significantly compared to last year in spite of the moderate showers during this year's monsoon.

    Recent ground water level data collected by the Ground Water Department (GWD) indicates that the average ground water levels in the twin cities as in September was 4.79 metres below the ground level (BGL) when compared to last year's 3.84 metres during the same month.

    The situation is bleak for colonies like S.R.Nagar in Ameerpet and Marredpally where the water table has gone down drastically within a year.

    In S.R.Nagar, the level dipped to 17.2 metres by September of this year as compared to 12.53 metres in the corresponding period last year.

    In Marredpally, the level dipped to 12.53 metres as against last year's reading of 10.4 metres.

    With water levels plummeting, GWD officials point out that the onus is on the public to exercise caution in using groundwater.

    "When summer was at its peak this year, the average ground water level in the twin cities was 7.7 metres BGL.

    Now, after the monsoon, the level is 4.79 metres BGL indicating that most of the rainwater is getting wasted," said GWD Deputy Director Ramkishan Desai.

    The GWD collects its data from 12 points through Piezometers in the twin cities out of which only three regions have registered a moderate increase in the water levels. The ground water levels at Ameerpet, Asifnagar, Bandlaguda, Charminar, Khairatabad, Marredpally, Shaikpet and Saidabad have gone down while those at Trimulgherry (Picket), Nampally and Musheerabad went up slightly.

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