Andhra dam threatens to submerge villages in State

Residents blame the government for failing to shift the villages

Andhra dam threatens to submerge villages in State

The villages facing the threat are Burdipad, Atkur, Kurvakurda, Kurvakala, Agrahara and Mangigadda islands in Raichur and also part of Dongarampur.

Due the heavy rains in the catchment areas of River Krishna, the Koyna reservoir in  neighbouring Maharashtra is already full. If the water is released from Almatti dam in Karnataka due to heavy inflow, the backwaters of Jurala Dam will submerge these villages.

Arrangements

In the wake of a fax message from Meteriological Department, the district administration has made alternative arrangements for people as there are chances of heavy rains in next 48 hours. A team is also being put together for relief work. Speaking to Deccan Herald Deputy Commissioner V Anbukumar said there was no danger at present.

“As a precautionary measure I have received permission to set up 70-100 temporary sheds in advance. A team comprising home guards, police, health department, revenue department is working round-the-clock,” he said.

The local residents have blamed the government which has failed to shift the villages even after 15 years.

At present the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of Jurala Dam is about 318 ft and the threat of submersion is always present, they added.  

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