Source: The Hindu:
Some drastic measures will be initiated as part of a contingency plan to be implemented to combat drought in Bidar district. Bidar and other towns will get water once a week, Anurag Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, announced at the officers’ meeting on Tuesday. Such rationing will help us fight scarcity for the next few months, he said.
He reacted after officials told him that water in the Karanja reservoir, the main source of water for Bidar, Humnabad and Chitaguppa, was at its lowest level of 0.56 tmc ft. The dam was built to impound 14 tmc ft of water. Its annual average holding has been 9-11 tmc ft.
The law empowers officials to take over private drinking water sources in times of crisis, he said. He directed officials to take over wells and borewells.
“In case you have to supply water through tankers, they will have to be fitted with GPS. Each supply has to be documented along with signature and mobile numbers of some beneficiaries of the area supplied,” he said.
E.V. Ramana Reddy, district nodal secretary, asked officials to complete all pending drinking water works.
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