The recent dry-spell prevailing over the city, has taken a turn for the worst as many parts of the Old City, are reeling under a severe water shortage, with the aquifers drying out. In the latest report published by the Telangana State Ground Water Department, the trend that is prevalent throughout the city is nothing more than a downward spiral.
While there has been a marginal increase in the aquifers at Charminar–by a metre—eight kilometres away in Bandlaguda, the water levels have dipped by more than a metre.
“There has been a dry-spell prevailing over the state, for the last fortnight– there are chances that the water levels might have dipped even further, by now. Also, considering the area, the rate of extraction is much higher than the rate of percolation in these areas,” said K Dhanunjay, deputy director, State Groundwater Board.
The dry situation that is currently prevailing has been a result of years of neglect say officials from the state groundwater department. That said, officials say that the aquifer levels in the precincts of the Old City have been on steady decline for the last five-years.