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Updated: February 14, 2013 15:05 IST

Drinking water remains a pipedream at Bandlaguda

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Drinking water leaking from a pipe at Sanjeevaya park in Hyderabad on Wednesday. At a time when the capital city is reeling under water shortage, treated and purified water has been leaking from the underground pipeline. Photo: G Ramakrishna
Drinking water leaking from a pipe at Sanjeevaya park in Hyderabad on Wednesday. At a time when the capital city is reeling under water shortage, treated and purified water has been leaking from the underground pipeline. Photo: G Ramakrishna

Though the Water Board constructed two reservoirs six months ago, water is yet to be supplied to the residents

There seems to be no end to the water woes faced by the residents of Bandlaguda in Chandrayangutta Assembly constituency. The day brings in a new set of problems for the people in absence of any drinking water supply even as the area has become thickly populated.

To provide succour to the local people the HMWSSB constructed two reservoirs -- one at Maisaram of 5 million litres (ML) capacity and another at Ghousenagar of 2ML capacity at a cost of Rs. 40 crore.

The Water Board also completed related works like laying a dedicated distribution network and tested the lines about six months ago. But the reservoirs and the lines have not yet been operationalised.

“We informed about it to the HMWSSB officials and they promised to start the supply from this year but nothing has happened till now,” complains Barkas corporator Mansoor Bin Awalgi.

As of now tap water remains a distant dream for the people staying in Noorinagar, Jahangirabad, Ghousenagar, Ahmednagar, Mohammednagar and Ismailnagar areas. These thickly populated colonies are inhabited mostly by the working class.

Tankers deployed

The board is deploying water tankers from Aliabad and Mir Alam reservoirs to supply drinking water everyday.

The tankers make about 50 trips a day and dispense water. And with summer round the corner local people feel the supply will be affected.

Many people bring water from far off places like Chandrayangutta, Shamsheergunj and Mylardevpally in autos and on motorcycles to avoid the long queues at water tankers.

Ironically, though the water reservoir and the distribution network is ready the Water Board is yet to start a new section in the area and appoint a manager and the support staff.

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