Rampant Illegal Sand Mining Leading to Depletion of Groundwater

In spite of Musi reservoir located in the constituency, negligence of people’s representatives and officials in maintaining canals, supply channels and gates of the project has created water crisis.

Published: 17th April 2014 09:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2014 09:12 AM   |  A+A-

In spite of Musi reservoir located in the constituency, negligence of people’s representatives and officials in maintaining canals, supply channels and gates of the project has created water crisis.

Nakrekal Assembly constituency has Nakrekal, Kattangoor, Ketheypally, Ramannapeta, Narketpally and Chityala mandals. State government sanctioned Rs 3 crore and NABARD had sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the modernization of Musi canals two years back. But neither elected representatives nor the officials have shown any inclination to start the works or even call for the tenders.

Four years back, the foundation stone for Asif Nagar Canal and Darmareddy canal works at the cost of Rs 10 crore was laid, but works are yet to be to taken up. The Brahmana Vellemla project which was started in 2008 is yet to get completed. The project, once completed, will greatly help Kattangoor, Nakrekal and Ketheypally mandals in irrigation purposes.

Only a few villages of Kattangoor, Nakrekal and Narketpally mandals are receiving drinking water from Udaya Samudhram reservoir through canals. Government promised to supply drinking water to all villages in the constituency, but till date there has been no response.

Most of the villages are on the sides of National Highway 65. In many villages, service roads and foot-over bridges are needed. Though a highway is passing through the constituency, there are no industries. Unemployed youth have to go to Hyderabad to find jobs.

Groundwater table in the constituency is on the decline due to illegal sand mining in Chandhupatla, Madharam and other villages since last few years. Though complaints were lodged with officials concerned many times, no action was taken. A nexus among police, revenue officials and politicos is being blamed for lack of action against sand mafia. Experts say unchecked sand mining has to be stopped to ensure sufficient ground water resources in the region.

Sitting MLA:   Chirumarthy Lingaiah

Party:  Congress

Votes polled:  72,023

Margin of victory:  12,176

Runner-up:  Mamidi Sarvaiah

Party:  CPM

Votes polled:  59,847

Total electors:  2,21,446

Men:  1,10,495

Women:  1,10,951

Poll percentage:  76.10

Total votes polled:   1,68,436

No of contestants:   14

Men:   13

Women:  1

No of polling stations:  266

Avg electors per polling station:  832

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