Nandyal stares at an unprecedented water crisis at the very beginning of this summer | India News

TIRUPATI: Nandyal district in the perennially drought prone Rayalaseema region of the state is staring at an unprecedented water crisis at the very beginning of the summer season this year.
With the 2024 general elections just a month and half away, the prevailing drought condition and the water crisis across the Rayalaseema region has emerged as a major poll issue.
And while the political blame game goes on between the ruling YSRCP and the Telugu Desam, people are grappled with a grave situation on ground with water supply restricted to once in three-four days in several villages and towns across the district.
Nearly three lakh people living at the district headquarters Nandyal are also facing an acute water shortage even though the Kundu river flows close to the town and the Velugodu project is located just 30 kms away.
While the ruling party leaders recently inaugurated a water treatment plant linked to the Velugodu project and claimed that they have addressed the drinking water issue at Nandyal, water supply remained a non-starter in reality as not even motors and pumps existed.
Speaking to TOI, Telugu Desam party’s Lok Sabha nominee for Nandyal parliament Byreddy Shabari recalled that in 2017, the Telugu Desam party allocated a sum of Rs.138 crore under Amrut-1 phase-2 works to provide a permanent solution to the drinking water woes of Nandyal.
While 70 percent works were completed by the end of the TDP tenure, the YSRCP govt couldn’t complete the pending 30 percent works and now the project cost has reportedly escalated to Rs.158 crore and no one knows when the Nandyal drinking water project will be completed at this pace.
Shabari observed that the state govt’s apathy has only aggrievated the prevailing drought situation on ground further and that the drinking water crisis is expected to further worsen in the next couple of months.

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