The GHMC is ready to spend Rs.3 crore to lay pipelines beneath the railway line nearby to ensure that adequate drinking water is supplied to residents of Malkajgiri, said Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu on Saturday.

He said that discussions would be held with the Water Board and railway authorities to lay the distribution lines so that water stored in the overhead reservoir built recently can be utilised.

Residents have complained that water was being supplied once a week and pleaded for a solution to their woes.

Pointing out that the area was surrounded by railway lines on all sides, the Commissioner said that the R&B Department had taken administrative sanction to construct three road-over-bridges at Safilguda, Vajpayeenagar and Anandbagh.

The GHMC is also ready to spend upto Rs.50 crore to take up any balance works to ease traffic congestion problem.

Mr. Krishna Babu also promised to remove the hyacinth in the R.K. Puram Lake and also directed local municipal authorities to prepare estimates to beautify the water body as well as its surroundings.

The Commissioner inaugurated an awareness campaign on vector borne diseases and appealed to the residential welfare associations to get involved in controlling the menace.

He advised citizens not to keep water stagnant for over seven days, to clean all water storage containers weekly once, to dispose all unused articles in store-rooms and godowns, to cover overhead tanks, drums, sumps and other water receptacles, use wire or nylon mesh to close septic tank vent pipes, to de-weed all unwanted shrub growth, and check the terraces, roof gutters, sun shades, cisterns for source reduction.

The entomology wing would go visiting house-to-house to create awareness about the ill effects of communicable diseases, and the role of cleanliness in curbing mosquito menace, he said.

MLA Akula Rajender, North Zone Commissioner S. Hari Krishna, Deputy Commissioner P. Vishwanath were present.