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Kanna Lakshminarayana takes stock of the situation at a meeting

The Minister makes some suggestions

445 tankers being made ready to supply water

VISAKHAPATNAM: District in-charge Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana has directed the officials concerned to take steps to tide over drinking water shortage during summer. Mr. Lakshminarayana along with Minster for Tribal Welfare P. Balaraju held a review meeting here on Friday.

The officials were told to prepare plans and spend funds from the government without delay.

Regular inspection of borewells, tanks and pipelines, alerting the field staff to avoid negligence, were some of the measures suggested by him.

Plans should be made taking into account the water available with the drinking water sources of Visakhapatnam city and arrangements must be made with farmers in advance to draw water from farm wells to augment drinking water supply depending on the need.

Commissioner of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation B. Sreedhar explained to Mr. Lakshminarayana the present situation on drinking water supply.

The city was mostly dependent on the Godavari water and there should not be a problem till the end of April according to the present conditions, he said.

Supply to the city from the Godavari would continue as long as the water level at the drawing point in the river was 13 feet high, Mr. Sreedhar said.

Contingency fund

Contingency fund of Rs. 6 crores was released to the city so far to avoid water problem during summer.

As many as 445 water tankers were being made ready to supply water.

Mr. Balaraju said that a meeting would be held soon to discuss the arrangements to be made for the Bheemli Utsav. A meeting was already held in Hyderabad recently. Mr. Lakshminarayana also reviewed the housing programme in Bheemunipatnam.

Collector J. Syamala Rao, Mayor P. Janardhana Rao, Deputy Mayor K. Dorababu, Commissioner of Police N. Sambasiva Rao, MLA of Bheemunipatnam M. Srinivasa Rao and district officials participated.