In a positive news, it has been reported that the Ground water table has shown considerable increase in Telangana.
In a report of survey published by the State Ground Water Department on Wednesday it has been stated that the level of groundwater has shown step increase in Telangana’s various ‘perennially drought-prone districts’. These districts were the ones that had reported the maximum number of deaths that occurred due to the heat stroke in this year’s months of April-May.
The survey was conducted between May and September.
According to the report the average increase in the ground water table is 8.42 meters. While Medak recorded the highest increase in the ground water table with 15.17 meters, Mahbubnagar recorded the lowest with 1.81 meters.
The increase in the groundwater table is the result of the relentless effort of the Rao Government’s initiative – Mission Kakatiya, states the survey. Rao government had initiated a ‘flagship program’ of restoring the water tanks and other water bodies as a means of overcoming the future water shortage problem in over 25,000 habitations of drought prone areas. Through this project the government had desilted the 800 years old tanks that were constructed by the Kakatiya emperors. Further, with this they initiated the drive to clear the catchment area of these tanks to harvest the rain water to increase the ground water table considerably.
According to the data of published survey the levels of the ground water showed remarkable rise. The data read, “the water level has gone up from 12.04 Metres to 3.12 metres (+8.92) in Adilabad; 13.68 metres to 4.55 metres (+9.13 metres) in Karimnagar; 10.12 m to 4.62 mt (+5.50 m) in Khammam, 24.31 m to 22.50 m (+1.81 m) in Mahbubnagar; 17.85 metres to 2.68 metres (+15.17 metres) in Nalgonda; 18.57 metres to 8.94 metres (+9.63 metres) in Nalgonda; 20.30 metres to 10.06 metres (+10.24 metres) in Nizamabad; 30.70 metres to 24.41 metres (+6.29 metres) in Ranga Reddy; and 14.19 metres to 5.09 metres (+9.10 metres) in Warangal.”
Speaking on this one of the senior officials at the State Irrigation Department said, “The ground water department has conducted a survey by selecting a micro-basin in each district wherein Mission Kakatiya is being implemented. And the results were surprising. In all the basins, there was a tremendous increase in the groundwater levels due to desilting the tanks which are now full to their brim.”
Commenting on such a good increment in the ground water table T Harish Rao, the State Irrigation Minister stated, “Never in the past was such a sharp rise in the groundwater table, because there was no mechanism to retain the water received through heavy rains. There was a large scale destruction of tanks in the last several decades under the combine Andhra Pradesh regime. We have taken up the task of restoring over 46,500 tanks across 10 districts of the state at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore, so as to increase their storage capacity to 255 TMC of water over a period of five years.”
Mr Rao also informed that so far the State Government has spent Rs 2,083 and succeeded in restoring 8000 tanks throughout Telangana this year. “We have strengthened the bunds of the tanks as part of Mission Kakatiya, as a result of which very few tanks got breaches this monsoon, despite heavy rains,” the Irrigation Minister added.
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