HYDERABAD: Showers of blessings indeed, atleast, as far as two mandals located on the city outskirts are concerned. The regular evening showers witnessed in the first two weeks of April have helped raise the ground water depths in Saidabad and Bahadurpura by 50 cms and 30 cms respectively, despite plummeting levels in the rest of the city, as per the latest statistics released by the Groundwater Department.
From a ‘depth from ground level’ of 6m in February this year, levels in Saidabad plummeted to 6.20m in March, only to jump up to 5.70m in April, a rise by 50 cm. As for Bahadurpura, the depth which was recorded at 4m in February dropped to 4.30m in March and rebounded to 4m last month.
RD Prasad, Assistant Director, Groundwater Department, Ranga Reddy district, attributed the increase to the rains and the geology of these two places. “In both these regions, there is the presence of basement or sheet rocks (top most layer of rocks which is of granite composition), which are the natural underground extension of nearby hilly terrain. Such rocks help store rainwater more effectively,” he explained.
He pointed out that though Hyderabad and adjoining areas of neighbouring Ranga Reddy district possessed a granite geology, the latest increase in groundwater levels were observed in both the districts only in regions where basement rocks were present.