HYDERABAD: With the state reeling under scorching heat, the Andhra Pradesh government has started preparing a contingency plan to ensure drinking water supply to all the drought affected areas in the State.
According to sources, the Rural Water Supply (RWS) department has sanctioned `175 crore to make sure that drinking water is supplied regularly to the rural areas. Besides, the state government is involving various departments like Panchayat Raj and Revenue, to provide drinking water to drought affected areas.
Collectors of all the districts have been instructed to start supplying water through tankers to areas where there is shortage of drinking water. “Necessary measures are being taken to supply drinking water through tankers, by laying new pipelines and by setting up filter points in villages across the State,” said Panchayat Raj Minister Ch Ayyannapathrudu.
Apart from this, the government has also started recharging borewells and tanks in the rural areas so that considerable quantity of water could be made available to people during need.
The RWS department has already set up a state-level monitoring cell to address the issues related to drinking water supply and has issued directions to set up similar cells in all the district collectorates.
With most of the water bodies in the state drying up and ground water level depleting with every passing day, the situation in the state is causing concern.
“If the mercury continues rising, the situation will go out of control by the end of April and it will be very difficult for us to supply drinking water to the people,” said a RWS department official, who is involved in the state wide rural water supply monitoring activities.