Kakinada to spend Rs 72.45 lakh to meet water crisis

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Kakinada, Mar 9 (UNI) The Kakinada Municipal Corporation has decided to implement a Rs 72.45 lakh plan to tide over the imminent water crisis during this summer.

The plan envisaged sinking two deep bores each in all the 50 divisions at a cost of Rs 25 lakh and undertaking annual repairs of hand pumps at a cost of Rs 9.45 lakh, official sources said here today.

It had earmarked Rs 30 lakh for sinking of deep bores at suitable places in the city for supply of bore water to the needy areas. Another Rs six lakh was allotted for undertaking pumping system improvement works at Aratlakatta and Victoria.

The plan was necessary in view of the closure of Godavari canals for 70 days this year as against the usual 45 days period during every summer, the sources said.

Even after reopening the canals, it might take another ten days for the water to reach the Aratlakatta water works, the sources added.

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