574 habitations in the district identified as being prone to water scarcity
ADILABAD: Women standing in queues at different sources of drinking water is a scene that is common in both rural and urban areas at present in Adilabad district.
The fast rising day temperature, hovering close to 40 degrees Celsius now, is of no help either as it aids excess evaporation.
As many as 574 habitations of the 3,621 have been identified as being prone to occurrence of drinking water shortage of varying intensities during the coming months.
Having done that, the administration is now in the process of tackling the water crisis, according to Collector Ahmad Nadeem.
Rs. 5 crore
“We have prepared a contingency plan that envisages spending of Rs. 3 crore in rural areas and Rs. 2 crore in urban areas to streamline the water sources and supply.
Teams of officials have been formed at the mandal level to constantly monitor and take action to tackle the situation,” said Mr. Nadeem about the preparations being made to mitigate the problem.
A 42 per cent deficit rainfall last year has caused quick depletion of the over ground and underground water levels. The water table has plunged by about 4 metres from the level that was available this time last year.
Many water sources like bore wells have gone dry very early due to the rapidly falling water level.
Already, the Rural Water Supply (RWS) Department has undertaken transportation of drinking water to three habitations in Kerameri and Bazarhatnoor mandals and has taken on hire five private bore wells in Kubeer mandal for supply of water to villages where the shortage is acute.
“As the summer progresses and the need arises, the contingency plan will be put in operation.
Water will be transported to all the 46 habitations identified for the purpose and open wells will deepened at the 161 habitations where the work is required under the plan. Besides, other existing faulty schemes will be repaired,” the Collector added.
There is enough fodder for animals in the district to last until end of June. Unless the rains continue to play truant in the coming season, there should be no problem for animals, Mr. Nadeem said.