Rs. 15.99 crore requested from the Government
Pipeline from barrage to be commissioned on April 15Desilting work at tank to be completed by April 10
GULBARGA: The district is set to face a severe water crisis during the summer months until the onset of monsoon, owing to the depletion of groundwater levels in almost all villages of the district.
Deputy Commissioner Pankajkumar Pandey told presspersons here on Wednesday that the administration had chalked out a contingency plan to tackle the drinking water shortage and had requested the State Government for Rs. 15.99 crore for this purpose.
He said the Government has released Rs. 50 lakh as a first instalment, and this amount would be used for deepening existing borewells and deploying tankers where required. Already drinking water was being provided through tankers to 15 villages in Aland, Yadgir, Afsalpur and Chitapur taluks. This was apart from the tankers being deployed to transport water to different localities in Gulbarga city, where about 155 trips were being made daily.
With regard to the acute shortage of drinking water here, Mr. Pandey said that the situation was likely to improve after April 15, when the new pipeline from the Saradgi Barrage in River Bhima would be commissioned. The commissioning of the new pipeline would ensure a bulk supply of 12 MGD (million gallons a day) of water daily to Gulbarga from the Saradgi Barrage, he said.
He said that while water was being supplied once a week at present to Gulbarga's residents, it would be take place on alternate days from April 15 once the new pipeline had been commissioned.
He said that another reason for the fall in the groundwater levels was the emptying of the Sharanabasaveshwar Tank over a year ago for taking up desilting operations there. The desilting work now was in its final stages, and as against the total of 3.25 lakh cubic metres of silt to be removed from the tank bed, already 3 lakh cubic metres had been removed. The remaining work would be completed before April 10, he said.
He said that once the desilting work was completed, the tank would be filled with water pumped at the rate of 1 MGD of water daily from the Bennethora River through a special pipeline. Both the Saradgi Barrage and the Bennethora River had a sufficient store of water, which could last for more than six months even if there were no rains, he said.
Once the Sharanabasaveshwar Tank had been filled, the groundwater levels in the city were likely to rise considerably, which would help recharge the borewells, Mr. Pandey said.
He said Rs. 2 crore had already been spent on the desilting work at the tank and another Rs. 3.6 crore would be required for taking up beautification work around it.