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Water scheme in Khanapur suffers setback

S. Harpal Singh
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Delayed works: The 30-metre high overhead balancing reservoir near Khanapur. - PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH
Delayed works: The 30-metre high overhead balancing reservoir near Khanapur. - PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH

At least a two-month delay seems to be inevitable in supply of purified drinking water through the Rs.2 crore scheme in Khanapur mandal owing to delay in supply of power to it. The month-long trial run of this National Bank for Rural and Agriculture Development (NABARD) funded scheme was to have started on August 31.

The scheme has been designed for supply of safe drinking water to 10 villages in Khanapur mandal until the year 2030. The current cumulative population of over 20,000 in these villages located along the banks of the mighty Godavari is expected to swell to 33,000 by that time. As per the two-phased plans, water will be drawn from the Godavari near the famous Sadarmat anicut through an intake well. It will be purified at the micro filter close by before being pumped up the 100 ft tall overhead balancing reservoir (OHBR).

"The micro filter will purify 2 million litres of water everyday. The villages to be covered are Medampalli, Venkatdripalli, Surjapur, Harijanwada, Maskapur, Badankurti, Khanapur, Tarlapadu, Dilawarpur, and Timmapur," says Rural Water Supply (RWS) Deputy Executive Engineer K. Rajender Kumar as he reveals the planned details of the scheme.

Supply of drinking water to the villages in question became necessary due to acute shortage. Almost all the villages along the entire length of Godavari in the district stand on impermeable hard soil which decreases groundwater potential in the area.

"These villages show shallow levels of groundwater. Water in the open wells here is also unsafe which made the scheme a necessity," Mr. Rajender Kumar added.

The government is now making efforts to get funds for the second phase of the drinking water scheme from the World Bank. It hopes to get the scheme estimated to cost of Rs. 2 crore cleared soon.

Supply of purified drinking water to get delayed by two months

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