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Villages face acute drinking water shortage

Staff Correspondent
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Of the 714 works undertaken, the zilla panchayat has been able to complete only 400

Battling the dry spell:Girls carrying water on their bicycles in Jambaladinni village of Raichur taluk.— Photo: D.K. Kishan Rao
Battling the dry spell:Girls carrying water on their bicycles in Jambaladinni village of Raichur taluk.— Photo: D.K. Kishan Rao

Those living in the rural areas in the district have been facing acute drinking water shortage, and with the summer approaching, it is likely that the problem may aggravate in those villages identified as ‘problem villages'.

Since April last, the zilla panchayat engineering division has been implementing several rural water supply schemes, including Centrally-sponsored water supply schemes, for augmenting drinking water supply in the identified problem villages in all the five taluks in the district. But so far, it has not been able to complete the works which were entrusted to it.

During 2011-12, the zilla panchayat had received Rs.71.55 crore under the National Rural Drinking Water Supply Programme from the Centre for implementing various water supply schemes in the district. It finalised an action plan in April last year for implementing 714 works in all the identified problem villages in the district.

It entrusted the responsibility of implementing the schemes, including the augmentation of drinking water supply, the piped water supply scheme to cover a single village, the accelerated water supply schemes to cover a cluster of villages and the piped water supply schemes to cover schools, to its engineering division, directing it to complete the task before the beginning of summer.

Action

But out of 714 works, the department has so far been able to complete only 400 works and has spent around Rs.22.18 crore. It has not yet initiated any action on the remaining works. The unspent amount of around Rs. 49.37 crore is likely to lapse if no action is initiated to complete the balance work before the end of March.

According to official sources, the zilla panchayat had allocated Rs. 23.36 crore for implementing piped water supply schemes to cover single villages, but so far, it was able to utilise Rs.10.59 crore; Rs. 40.08 crore for implementing the accelerated water supply schemes covering a cluster of villages but so far, it has been able to utilise Rs. 8 crore; and Rs. 1.92 crore for piped water supply schemes to schools but so far, it has been able to utilise Rs. 59 lakh.

Relief work

The State Government, which announced all five taluks in the district as drought-hit, has so far not released any funds to the district administration to take up relief works and the augmentation of drinking water supply in about 900 villages and camps along the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal.


  • The ZP received Rs. 71.55 crore under the National Rural Drinking Water Supply Programme

  • The unspent amount of Rs. 49.37 crore will lapse if no action is initiated before the end of March


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