Bhadrachalam: The fall in water level in river Godavari at Bhadrachalam and other places in the district this season has become a cause of concern for all.
With mercury levels shooting up across the State, water levels in the river started dipping. The water level in Godavari this week dropped to the lowest point of 2.5 feet after a gap of 16 years. According to official sources, a similar drop in the level of water was recorded last in 2003.
The fall in water level in the river has caused distress among industries and people in towns that are dependent on the river for water. Bhadrachalam town was the first to bear the brunt as drinking water supply managed by Public Health Department was severely affected in the past one and half month.
Water was being supplied once in two days and that too for a brief period. “It is the first time we have seen the river going so dry. Normally the river used to have enough water to feed us” K Sai Prakash, a resident of Bhadrachalam, told Telangana Today.
It may be noted that production at the Heavy Water Plant, Manuguru, was stopped last week due to shortage of water. The plant, which needs 1,700 cubic metre of water every hour, draws water from an intake well in the river at Kummarigudem.
Even the drinking water supply to employees of the plant living at the township at Gautami Nagar near Aswapuram in the district was affected. The plant management issued an advisory to the residents asking them to use water supplied to them judiciously.
According to G Guranatha Rao, an environmentalist, uncontrolled mining of sand in the river’s sand reaches and environmental degradation was to be blamed for the river going dry.
16KM2: Dried bed of river Godavari with Bhadrachalam town in the backdrop on Friday.