Issues pertaining to Water Board, projects, and finances discussed at meeting chaired by Chief Minister

The government has approved the drive for regularisation of illegal water connections and simplification of procedure for new connections for 15 mm size pipes. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who chaired the meeting of the Water Board here on Wednesday, discussed various issues, projects and finances with the officials and approved the projects taken by the Board.

Mr. Reddy suggested a combined meeting of the GHMC, Water Board and other departments to improve the financial position of the Board.

Water Board managing director J. Saymala Rao explained the comfortable position of reservoirs and said presently 340 mgd water was being supplied in the city. The pending requests from outside GHMC area is 105.60 mgd.

The phase I of Godavari Drinking Water Supply Project would be completed by March 2014.

Of the total pipeline length of 186 km, so far 148 km was laid and the balance work was in progress.

The master balancing reservoir work would be commenced in a week and completed by December next.

However, alternate arrangement of small balancing reservoir was planned and it would be completed by June 2014, officials informed.

They further informed that phase III of the Krishna Drinking Water Supply project was progressing briskly and was likely to be completed by June 2014.

The Rs. 338.54 crore project for improvement of water supply to Malkajgiri municipality had been submitted to the World Bank and it was in the process of being cleared .

Similarly, proposals were submitted for JICA loan assistance of Rs. 1,041 crore to augment water supply and take up major infrastructure works in Alwal, Quthbullapur and Uppal municipal circles, it was informed.

The government directed the Water Board to take up head works component from the Sunkishala source of Nagarjunasagar to ensure stabilised supply for all the three phases of Krishna project.

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