Chittoor faces drinking water scarcity

Chittoor: Due to lack of perennial rivers in and around Chittoor city, ground water levels were receded drastically during the past three decades in Chittoor city.
As a result, people have been facing acute drinking water scarcity and they are forced to purchase water from private tankers.
The city with 50 divisions, has a population of 2.4 lakhs.
Majority of the people purchase drinking water from private suppliers including mineral water units The Chittoor Municipal Corporation has failed to supply drinking water to the city due to funds crunch and other reasons.
The private tankers are charging Rs.10 per three pots of water from the public , where water business has become lucrative.
The CMC is able to supply only 11 lakh MLD (million litres per day) water against the requirement of 22.7 lakhs MLD water through bore wells and by pumping water from N T R Jalasayam.
After three decades of drinking water scarcity, it was decided to launch Chittoor Water Supply Scheme at Adivipalli for diverting HNSS (Handri-Neeva Sujala Sravanti) water to Chittoor city with an estimated cost of Rs.280 crore by using AMRUT funds.
The TDP Government had earlier assured supply of HNSS water to Chittoor before December-2018.
Source reveal that the proposal was dropped as Central Government had reportedly objected the diversion of AMRUT funds to Chittoor water supply scheme .
Speaking to The Hans India here on Sunday, Chittoor Mayor K Hemalatha admitted that there was no scope for supplying HNSS water to Chittoor city in near future as Central Government was restricting not to divert AMRUT funds.

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