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‘Yenugula Bavi’ is as sweet as ever

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The well takes care of the drinking water needs of over 40,000 people

Historic well:People quench their thirst from Yengula Bavi at Pernamita, near Ongole.- Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Historic well:People quench their thirst from Yengula Bavi at Pernamita, near Ongole.- Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

This open well at Pernamitta on the city outskirts once used to quench the thirst of elephants maintained by chieftains of Endluru, which was part of the Venkatagiri kingdom.

Even when other water sources get dried up during peak summer, this well takes care of the drinking water needs of over 40,000 people in the area, says former sarpanch Ravuri Linga Reddy.

He was instrumental in renovating the open well, which was in disuse. He got pipelines laid for supply of water to colonies in the area.

The Endluru kings used to rest their elephants here and provide them with food and water before taking them back to the palace. Thus the well earned the epithet ‘Yenugula Bavi’ , recalls S. Raghava, a septuagenarian farmer.

“There is no fluoride content in the water unlike elsewhere in Prakasam district,” says Mr. Linga Reddy, who got District Collector Karikal Valavan’s nod for renovating the open well, which was fully covered by shrubs.

Summer storage tank

Now, the civic administration plans to convert the nearby water tank into a third summer storage tank to augment water supply to the city, which has been upgraded into a municipal corporation with the merger of Pernamitta among other villages.

The city gets water replenishment from Nagarjunasagar dam across the river Krishna.

“There is no fluoride content in the water unlike elsewhere in Prakasam district.

Linga Reddy

Farmer

The well now takes care of drinking water needs of over 40,000 people


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