VIZIANAGARAM: Rural Water Supply and Transco officials have been asked to take every possible step to mitigate drinking water crisis during the ensuing summer.

At a review meeting with officials of both the departments, Collector G. Ram Narayana Reddy has said that 1834 habitations only have the water facility, while 950 habitations have scanty sources, 52 have no protected water sources and 28 habitations have no facility at all in the district and hence the officials concerned must gear up to meet the demand. The Collector said that Rs. 3.67 crores towards maintenance of water schemes was sanctioned for panchayats and Rs. 67 lakhs for bore wells' maintenance. He instructed Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Kondaiah Sastry to monitor the water supply position regularly. He said 39 new drinking water schemes were completed and the Transco would give power connection to them on priority basis. The Collector was informed that 62 bore wells only out of 13732 were defunct and four PWS schemes out of 25 were repaired.

Superintending Engineer (RWS) O. Rajalingam said that monitoring cell with phone number 08922-273903 was opened in his office to receive complaints on water problems in rural areas. Public can also complain in mandal development offices concerned, RWS sub-divisional offices and also at Divisional Office in Vizianagaram town for repairs to bore wells and PWS schemes.