Groundwater level rising in Telangana thanks to Mission Kakatiya and long rainfalls

Hyderabad: The groundwater levels across Telangana are rising thanks to the ongoing long spell of rains and Mission Kakatiya. The groundwater level rose by 6.64 metres, according to a survey by Telangana Groundwater Department.

The groundwater level was 14.556 metres in May 2019, and it was 7.92 metres by October 31, 2019, and 10.35 metres in October 2018.

The rise of groundwater is highest in Rajanna Sircilla and lowest in Bhadradri Kothagudem. The groundwater level rose just 0.13 metres in Bhadradri Kothagudem district and 7.75 metres in Rajanna Sircilla district. The borewells are yielding good water thanks to the restoration of tanks across the state. Moreover, the silt removal from tanks under Mission Kakatiya ensured higher holding capacity as well.

The average groundwater level in May was 14.56 metres. The groundwater level rose to 9.85 metres in September and 7.92 metres in October. Khammam leads Telangana in terms of high groundwater level. The groundwater level is just 3.34 metres in Khammam district, while lower groundwater level was 18.37 metres in Medak.

According to the Groundwater Department, 38 per cent of the area in Telangana has groundwater levels within the five-metre depth. The department categorised 33 districts in Telangana into zones depending upon the groundwater. The groundwater level is 5-10 metres range in 32 per cent area and 10-17 metres level in 17 per cent area in Telangana.

Five per cent areas comprising Sangareddy, Medak, Vikarabad, and Siddipet districts have groundwater level alarmingly below 20 metres depth. The rainfall during June-October was 953.4 millimetres as against the average of 816 millimetres.

This is 17 per cent higher than average rainfall. Jogulamba Gadwal district received the lowest rainfall of 516.6 mm and highest of 1,559.8 mm in Mulugu district. Districts including Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Hyderabad, Jayashankar Bhupalapalle, Jangaon, Mulugu, and Warangal recorded higher rainfall in the range of 21-47 per cent.

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