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Pollution of Sarvepalli canal poses problems as residents dump domestic waste

Action please:The Sarvepalli canal, which runs through Nellore city, is polluted with domestic waste.-Photo: K. Ravikumar
Action please:The Sarvepalli canal, which runs through Nellore city, is polluted with domestic waste.-Photo: K. Ravikumar

The Sarvepalli canal, which runs through the Nellore city for over 5 k.m., is getting increasingly polluted with all sorts of wastes that is dumped by residents of the fast-spreading urbanised localities on either side of the canal bund.

The canal was developed at the time of the construction of Nellore anicut across the Pennar river for carrying irrigation water to feed the Sarvepalli reservoir located at a distance of 25 k.m. from Nellore city. Over the decades, the rising pollution in the canal became a matter of concern for the farmers who are cultivating crops depending on the canal.

After the construction of Nellore anicut, the flourishing of agriculture with paddy as the main crop brought wide recognition to the region as one of prosperity and growth. Several canals were developed at that time and the important ones among them are the Sarvepalli and the Jafar Saheb canals. The Jafar Saheb canal carries water to Mypadu area.

Over the decades, encroachments came up on the bunds of the Sarvepalli canal with the political leaders and the civic authorities not initiating strong action. It gradually led to the growth of a number of colonies all along.

Apart from the problem of encroachments, another problem cropped up with wastes from domestic and commercial establishments being dumped into the canal. Hardly any attempts were being made except that the wastes were left to be washed away when the water flow increases in the canal.

Beginning at the Settigunta Road near the Penna rive anicut, the Sarvepalli canal passes through Atmakur bus stand, Ramalingapuram and Kanuparthipadu village located on the Nellore city outskirts. D. Raghava, a resident of Ramalingapuram, said that the officials should take immediate steps for protecting the canal by conducting repairs to it and also by preventing the flow of drains from city localities into the Sarvepalli canal. He deplored that the situation had not improved though the canal linings were strengthened two to three times in the past.

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