The soaring temperature and the forecast of mercury further rising has been posing a challenge to the district administration to arrange for potable water not only to the residents but also for the cattle.
The district administration has made several arrangements for supplying water to the residents and fodder to the cattle. “We have identified 41 private borewells in the district for collecting water in tankers and supplying it to the needy areas across the district. These borewells have come in handy in solving the problem of water scarcity,” an official told The Hindu . The official said that the owners are paid Rs. 500 per day for collecting water from their borewells as per a government order. Already, 54 villages are getting water through 174 tankers making 512 trips each day, the official said, adding that 85 more villages will join this list in April and 65 in May.
He said that the officials of the Revenue Department have identified these villages based on the availability of water and possible scarcity they could face when the summer intensifies. “We are prepared to supply water to 396 villages till the end of summer,” he said.
With regard to fodder, he said that five fodder banks have been set up in the district where 1.59 tonnes of fodder has been stored. Besides this, fodder kits have been distributed to farmers to cultivate fodder, he said, adding that fresh fodder would be available in May as the farmers have already sown the seeds.
Five check posts have been set up on the district’s border with Maharashtra to prevent transportation of fodder, he added.