April 11th, 2017
Since September 2016, the village – Muddalapuram, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh was facing a drought and major water crisis. Vishnu’s hometown was no less when it comes to agricultural problems. The local villagers would travel on wheels to the nearby towns to borrow water, and this process has been continued for months.
Indian water crisis
The water crisis is one of the major household problems in the villages of India. Unfortunately, even the metropolitan cities now end up with such issues. However, the question is, who is taking the first step in eradicating such problems? Or which media shows interest towards such atrocities?
Water scarcity in India is expected to affect 1.6 billion people by the year 2050. India’s water shortage and the crisis is mainly because of apathy of the government officials and the toothless policies India adapts. The other reason is inactiveness of the citizens who do not, try to take up the issue seriously and approach authorities.
Muddalapuram water crisis issue.
While it has become a trend for the youth to switch borders for a living and showcase their skills only to gain their professional expertise, there is a man from Bengaluru who solved a major water crisis in his village which was burdening the locals from an extended period.
Meet Vishnuvardhan from Bengaluru, a Chatbot Developer who took a bold initiative to eradicate the water crisis from his village – Muddalapuram, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. People in the village used to travel several kilometres to fetch potable water. Due to the water crisis, Vishnu did not visit his village for months so that his visit will not be a burden to his parents.
The local villagers would travel on wheels to the nearby towns to borrow water, and this process continued for a long time. Villagers have contacted the village head/ sarpanch and also the local mandal level authority to solve their woes. However, their problems were not solved. Since the villagers are not educated enough to use technology, Vishnu’ s mother shared the villager’s problems to him.
When Vishnu questioned the local authorities, they turned ignored him. Vishnu decided to step in and help villagers. He immediately dropped a mail to the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation (Central Government) and headed back to his work thinking the Government of India would solve the Water Crisis in his village.
By the time Vishnu returned to Bengaluru, he had received a call from the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation Department and also a mail from the Director himself. They took the issue seriously and immediately ordered the AP Government and local authorities to take action and also sent few officials to investigate the matter.
Once the AP officials got an official mail from the Central Government, they immediately got in touch with the Anantapur District Collector and solved the issue.
How did the problem got solved?
The local authorities, after considering the strict orders from their higher authorities, immediately visited the village and started investigating the issue. They found that there are many leakages in the water supply pipes and the slope of the pipelines is in such a way only the homes which are on the downside are getting good water supply. The authorities also gave instructions for two bore wells, out of which one was highly fruitful and bore 4 inches of water which is sufficient for the entire village in the coming days.
Now, Vishnu’s village is free of its water crisis. All Vishnu had to do was find the time to take action and alert the concerned authorities.
Now Vishnu is on a mission to bring road and bus facility to his village. Because of no good road connectivity, 25 students from his village are not able to go to schools in the nearby areas. He had visited local authorities and also his MLA but in vain.
First published at : http://vishalaryan.blogspot.in/2017/03/how-engineer-from-bangalore-solved.html
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