Shortage of hydro-geologists in the Department of Ground Water is hampering the multifarious tasks assigned to the department particularly scientific evaluation, conservation and management of groundwater resources.

The department is entrusted with the crucial responsibilities such as hydrological monitoring encompassing estimation of groundwater resources, their proper utilisation and conservation besides addressing the pressing problem of groundwater depletion.

At present, the department has only two technical experts including one assistant hydro-geologist and assistant geophysicist as against the sanctioned strength of eight geologists, sources said.

Crucial task

Apart from the regular duties such as scientific investigation of groundwater resources and their management, the department is also handling the crucial task of identification of borewell points in the lands belonging to the SC and ST farmers for catering to the irrigation needs of the underprivileged sections.

The department is also closely associated with a pilot project envisaging conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water resources, an initiative taken up under the World Bank aided Nagarjunasagar modernisation project, sources said.

Huge demand

This apart, lack of adequate number of Rigs, registered under the A P Water, Land and Trees Act-2002 (WALTA Act), has cast a shadow on the drilling of borewells meant for construction of toilets in the anganwadi centres and government schools in the district.

Digging of borewells

There is a huge demand for Rigs for digging of borewells under various government schemes across the district in the current summer season, sources added.

We are finalising the proposals for availing the services of geologists from other government agencies such as District Water Management Agency on deputation in our department, said P. Veerasomaiah, the Deputy Director of Ground Water Department. The recruitment process for filling the vacant posts of geologists in the department through the APPSC is underway, he said.