KURNOOL: Kurnool city has been facing acute shortage of drinking water. Residents in colonies have been spending sleepless nights to grab a pot of water. With Sunkesula and Gajuladinne reservoirs going completely dry, the only hope was summer storage tank. The reserve at tank is hardly sufficient to quench the thirst of residents.
Municipal authorities failed to predict the drinking water needs of the city and are accused of plunging residents into a serious water crisis.
Residents of Mamathanagar, Samathanagar, Sonia Gandhi Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Stantan Puram, Mamidalapadu and Munagalapadu have been getting water once in four days. Municipal authorities concerned claim that they have been supplying water on alternate days, but the colonies missed the promise and have been kept waiting.
Water taps have gone dry. The only source is tankers. A Municipal officer said that 30 tankers have been pressed into service. Residents have a different experience as they complain of infinite wait for the water tankers.
In the old city, people were supposed to get water, as per rotation, on Tuesday. But there was no trace of any water supply vehicle, said people of Dastagiri at I-Town area. Old city colonies get water once in every 4 days. Chittari got water once in three days while Pedda Padakhan got water once in 5 days.
The experience of hotels are different. As there is no hope of getting water regularly, Annapurna Hotel, in front of Kurnool General Hospital, has pulled down their shutters. The management of the hotel said that food business cannot run without sufficient water. Hence we have shut down temporarily, they said.
Municipal authorities are hoping to replenish Gajuladinne and Sunkesula reservoirs with water from TB dam which is expected in a week’s time.
Ganesh Nagar residents said that they are not getting water for past four days. Throwing residents into a difficult situation, the government transferred Municipal commissioner Ravindra Babu who took charge just 15 days ago....