Amaravati: Despite claims of AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that he has interlinked the two rivers – Krsihna and Godavari, inaugurated a handful of projects, lift irrigations schemes and dug farm ponds in the entire State, people are facing drinking water problems even before the onset of summer.
Districts such as Kadapa and Prakasam are almost facing a draught-like situation. The people are not even able to get water for drinking and domestic use, forget irrigation.
On one hand, there is deficit rainfall and deflating of ground water and on the other failure of the government in ensuring proper supply of surface water. All these have been forcing the common man to depend on private suppliers in these two districts, particularly at Giddaluru and Markapuram and other areas in Prakasam.
So far, this agriculture season the rainfall deficit has been 28 percent. Scanty rainfall registered in Nellore district with 64.2 percent lower than normal rain fall this year till date. Districts like Prakasham, Anantapur, Chittoor, Kadapa and Srikakulam witnessed deficient rainfall as follows 44.1, 42.7, 39.5, 28.5 and 27.2 respectively.
The State government would ensure proper supply, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said when asked about the inevitable water crisis. He further added that the even though Andhra Pradesh registered deficit rainfall and ground water table decreased, the water in rivers and other waterbodies were sufficient to meet the demand during summer.
Naidu warned that they would not allow exploitation in the name of water supply to the public this summer and the government would provide water through tankers.