AP Plans 90 Days Plan For Water Conservation
Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government had set a 90-day long plan to promote water conservation in the State. Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said that the plan would beat the drinking water crisis in the State during this summer. He further added that the plan would also help in harvesting the rain water expected from the next monsoon.
The Minister had already directed the officials to identify the villages where drinking water is to be supplied through tankers and graveity through canals. He had directed the officials to keep the drinking water tanks in the villages ready. Instructions were also issued to take up jungle and weed clearance in the drinking water tanks and canals. The government would open water and butter milk kiosks across the State and also along the roads to help the people on move during the summer.
The government is planning to complete all water harvesting systems in every village. He said that measures would be taken up ensure that the rain water is added to the ground water table of the area. The tanks, streams and canals available in every village would be identified and geo-tagged for easy monitoring, he added.
The activity would be taken up and executed from April 15 to July 15 across the State covering every village and habitation, the Minister said. An intensive campaign would also be carried out during these days to create awareness among the people on water harvesting measures. The next monsoon has to be utilized maximum to conserve the rain water, the Minister added.
The Minister said that they have already provided internal connectivity for 888 tanks in the villages out of total 3,573 in the State. The government had also built and renovated 33,162 check dams, 3,36,190 farm ponds and 4,36,869 water harvesting structures in the State spending over Rs 8,798 crore. This would help in increasing the ground water levels, he said and asserted that the State would be able to beat the summer water crisis this time.