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Concern as water leaks from Kondapochamma reservoir

New worry:Water leaking from the Kondapochamma reservoir at Markook, Siddipet district, on Monday.Mohd ArifMohdArif  

Water is leaking from Kondapochamma Sagar reservoir located at Markook mandal headquarters. The leakage has been taking place near Beerappa temple in the village. It is part of Kaleswaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIS) in Gajwel Assembly constituency represented by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The locals observed water leakage from the reservoir and tried to arrest it by placing boulders and sand bags. The flow is like a small stream and locals are worried that any damage to the reservoir will put Markook’s existence in question. Officials have not visited the site of the breach. When contacted, an official told The Hindu , on condition of anonymity, that ‘seepage’ from any reservoir is quite natural and there is nothing to worry. “We cannot arrest the seepage from reservoirs and the number of seepages will be high for the first three months and they settle down gradually. Even at Nagarjunasagar you can find seepage and it is a healthy sign of any project. We will construct drains with metal filters and sand filters to remove the seepage water,” he explained. This is the third incident that took place involving Kondapochamma reservoir in the recent past.