Faced with an acute drinking water shortage, Minister for Mines and Geology Galla Arunakumari, as the local legislator, announced sanction of Rs. 6.60 crore to her Chandragiri constituency ‘as a temporary measure’ to tackle the crisis.

At a review meeting with the revenue and rural water supply officials on Monday, she directed them to tour villages and find where new bores were required, besides taking stock of the hand pumps and borewells requiring repair. The Rs. 7,500 crore scheme announced by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to fetch water from Kandaleru reservoir to Chittoor town would pass through Chandragiri constituency and hence would be a boon to the district, she added.

The amount will be spent Mandal-wise as follows: Rs.41.40 lakh for Chandragiri mandal, Rs. 28 lakh for Ramachandrapuram, Rs.77.50 lakh for Tirupati Rural and Rs. 23.50 lakh for Tirupati Urban, Rs. 67.50 lakh for Chinnagottigallu, Rs. 2.17 crore for Pakala and Rs.1.52 crore for Yerravaripalem.

Revenue Divisional Officer (Tirupati) Y. Ramachandra Reddy, RWS Superintending Engineer Srinivasulu, Executive Engineer Nagajyoti and all MPDOs took part.