ANDHRA PRADESH

Truant monsoon multiplies water woes

WHAT A LOAD: Women queue up at a tanker near Poorna Market what with mounting drinking water problems.

WHAT A LOAD: Women queue up at a tanker near Poorna Market what with mounting drinking water problems.  

CIVICSCENE

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: With the monsoon playing truant, water woes continue to trouble city dwellers. Though the temperature has come down giving relief to people, with no major rainfall in the last two weeks water supply continues to be an area of concern.

Reservoirs have gone dry forcing the Municipal Corporation authorities to announce supply of water on alternate days.

Acute scarcity

At several places, borewells have dried up forcing people to buy water. In Lalitanagar, an acute water scarcity is being faced. Water supply by the MCV is a trickle for about half an hour, says a resident.

The situation has come to such a pass that even those living in independent houses are getting water supplied by tankers paying in the range of Rs.160 to Rs.200 every day.

But in several parts of the city, where the poorer sections live, water supply by MCV tankers is only source.

The corporation plies 140 tankers while 340 private tankers were lifting water till a few days ago. Officials admit that this year water supply by tankers is stretching for three to four weeks more than the usual time. The unusual delay in rain has led to such a situation that Gosthani, Mudasarlova and Gambhiram reservoirs have completely dried up.

Though some rainfall has been received in the city, the catchment areas have not received rainfall.

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