GVMC water tanks getting revamped

GVMC has set up a mission to revamp the tanks in the newly-merged 32 villages in order to improve groundwater levels and make water bodies convenient leisure places.

Already works have been started in the regard and renovation works for tanks in Yendada, Tunglam, Bakkannapalem, Darapalem and Nagarapalem are under progress. Now the officials are planning to renovate some more tanks in the 2018-19 financial years.

Many of the water tanks located in the newly-merged villages, which were once the irrigation tanks or drinking water sources, have turned into garbage dumps or sewage pools. GVMC is removing the garbage from the tanks bed and is distilling the water sources

People shifting away from the community-based tank system to individual water sources, encroachments, silt and other factors have also decreased their number or size. According to the old-timers of the city, several tanks have disappeared over the years. The inflow and outflow of these tanks has also been affected due to increased urbanisation and lack of proper urban planning.

Estimates are currently being prepared for renovation of some other tanks in this financial year.

On the other hand, the Vizag Industrial Water Supply Company is planning to optimise the water storage capacity of several tanks before completion of the Purushothapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme on Godavari. These tanks include 'Kondakarla Ava' in Munagapaka, Penjeruvu and VK Sagaram tank in Rayavaram and Gopalapatnam Awa in Payakaraopeta.

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