Staff Reporter

Study team visits a cluster of fishermen habitations; focus on drawing up plan

  • Stress on providing safe drinking water to people
  • Construction of a regulator mooted

    BHIMAVARAM: A team of experts, comprising P.A.R.K. Raja, heading Geo-Spatial Information Centre at S.R.K.R. Engineering College here, and M. Pandu Ranga Rao, a retired professor of National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Warangal, has emphasised the need for the government to provide safe drinking water to people in Kolleru villages on a war-footing.

    The team visited a cluster of fishermen habitations in Kolleru on Thursday as part of their study on the condition of water quality and eco-system in Kolleru after the `Save Kolleru Operation' launched by the government.

    Monitoring cell

    The team, while observing that the ground water in the lake had become highly polluted with high bacteriological loads, felt that it had become unfit for human consumption in the wake of dismantling of fishponds.

    The visiting team wanted the government to devise a plan for integrated treatment and distribution of drinking water for all fishermen habitations through a central monitoring cell.

    It was imperative to neutralise and reduce chemical constituents in the ground water by maintaining fresh water in the lake to an optimal level so as to prevent salt water intrusion through marine `aggression', Mr. Raju and Mr. Rao felt.

    They said there was an urgent need for a constant mechanism to monitor the quality of surface and ground water in the lake, biologically and chemically, to keep a watch on the impact of demolition of fishponds on water quality. The experts mooted construction of a regulator at an appropriate place in Upputeru for maintenance of minimum levels of fresh water in Kolleru.

    The team pointed out that the district administration pulled down fishponds in a haphazard manner without preserving the sanctity of lake.

    Transport link

    The team highlighted the need for betterment of transport connectivity for the historical Peddintlamma temple on Kotadibba in the lake built by Chola kings in 14th century, by constructing an RCC bridge across Kolleru as a substitute to the present dilapidated wooden bridge.

    It wanted the government not to pay heed to the objections raised by the Forest department on construction of bridge by claiming that the move would lead to increasing human interference with the eco-system.