Godavari almost dry as Pushkaralu nears

Even as crores are being spent for renovation works at Pushkar Ghats for the ongoing Godavari Pushkaralu by the Telangana State government, many important places like the Parnashala present a sorry sight with long, slushy stretches for want of attention, in Khammam district on Tuesday.--Photo: G.N.RAO  

The continuing dry spell and plummeting water levels in the Godavari at various pilgrim centres located on the banks of the river has become a cause for concern among the pilgrims with barely a week left for the 12-day Godavari Pushkaralu.

The Godavari river bed has virtually turned dry at Ramachandrapuram in Venkatapuram mandal, one of the Pushkar pilgrim centres in Bhadrachalam division.

A Pushkar bathing ghat has been constructed on the shores of river Godavari at Ramachandrapuram near Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple on a war-footing by the Irrigation Department.

The Endowments Department has initiated works such as renovation of the temple, erection of waterproof pandals, setting up of queue lines and other arrangements at a cost of Rs 4 lakh.

The Godavari was in spate at all the pilgrim centres dotting the river bank just a fortnight ago after heavy rains lashed the catchment areas of the river in the upstream.

The water level in the Godvari shot up to 25 feet at the famous temple town of Bhadrachalam in the third week of June, but has now dipped to as low as 14 feet , sources added.

With the rains eluding for the past few weeks, the water level in the river turned precarious at Parnashala in Dummugudem mandal, Kondaigudem in Manuguru mandal and a few other sites, leaving the departments concerned to pin hopes on revival of monsoon or release of water from the projects upstream of the river.

The district received much above the average rainfall in June.

During the current month, the district has so far received 18.2 mm rainfall as against the average rainfall of 60 mm in the first week of July.

Shower bath arrangements are being made at two pushkar bathing ghats in Bhadrachalam by sinking borewells and setting up sprinklers along the bathing ghats as part of a contingency plan for the benefit of pilgrims, sources said.

However, no such facility has been provided at Ramachandrapuram in Venkatapuram mandal and at few other Pushkar pilgrim centres along the Godavari river course in the district.

Ghats inspected

Meanwhile, Minster for Roads & Buildings T. Nageswara Rao has reviewed the preparations being made at the Pushkar bathing ghats in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions for the ensuing grand fete.

The Minister, accompanied by the officials and elected public representatives, visited several Pushkar bathing ghats on Tuesday.

Talking to media persons at Parnashala, the Minister said all the arrangements are in place for the benefit of pilgrims at all the Pushkar bathing ghats in Bhadrachalam, Dummugudem, Burgumpadu, Manuguru and Venkatapuram mandals.

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