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Receding level of lakes worrisome

EVEN BEFORE winter has fully retreated, levels of City lakes have begun receding, raising the spectre of water scarcity once again.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 14:06 IST

EVEN BEFORE winter has fully retreated, levels of City lakes have begun receding, raising the spectre of water scarcity once again.

Both Yeshwant Sagar and Bilaoli lakes have registered a drop in water levels while Limbodi has dried up almost completely, giving rise to fears that water supply may be affected by as early as January end.

Already, supply from Yeshwant Sagar has been pared down from 5.5 to 4 million gallons daily (MGD). Waterworks officials admit in private that it may be curtailed further by the end of the month if water levels continue to fall.

Reports of low-to-no water supply have been trickling in for the last fortnight from several localities, especially lower-middle class neighbourhoods and slums. Residents scurrying hither and thither for their daily water ration at the crack of dawn has become a common sight. Although cognizant of the gravity of the situation the Waterworks department has so far, failed to chalk out a strategy to combat the impending scarcity.

As of last week, water levels at Yeshwant Sagar had dropped to 11.5 feet while Chhota Sirpur Lake had managed to retain only 11 feet of water. Figures for other water bodies were not too encouraging either, with Chhoti Bilawali,
Pipalyapala and Badi Bilawali recording levels of 4.10 feet, 6.4 feet and 16.5 feet respectively.

First Published: Jan 03, 2006 14:06 IST