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Updated: October 9, 2013 01:14 IST

No worries for Hyderabad’s water supply

J. S. Ifthekhar
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The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) doesn’t foresee any problem in water supply due to the ongoing stir by the electricity employees. The Board requires 110 MW for pumping operations at Singur, Manjeera, Krishna Phase I, Phase II and for city level distribution and pumping. The Board draws power from the southern grid.

The Board has expressed its concerns to the APCPDCL chairman and managing director S.A.M. Rizvi and the latter has assured hassle free power supply for round-the-clock pumping of water.

“We are coordinating and there will be no problem,” said Water Board Managing Director J. Syamala Rao.

However, supplies being affected due to local level power cuts can’t be ruled out. In that case the Board will have to resort to change in supply timings. But even this problem has not cropped up yet, officials say.

The major quantum of 70 MW is required for the Krishna Phase I and II where 16 huge pumps operate round-the-clock. Singur and Majeera reservoirs need 20 MW and the local distribution network consumes 20 MW.

“Water supply is of paramount importance and every effort is being made to ensure that there is no interruption,” Mr. Rao said.

But the Board is worried about the scant quantity in the Osmansagar and Himayatsagar reservoirs. The present amount of water is sufficient only for the next three-and-half-months. Both reservoirs have just 1.1 tmc of water as against the full capacity of seven tmc. Last year at this time Osmansagar and Himayatsagar put together had 1.9 tmc.

The little water that is now available into the city reservoirs trickled in only at the fag end of the monsoon season. In view of the meagre quantum of water, the Board is now drawing just nine mgd from Osmansagar and eight mgd from Himayatsagar. The level in Singur reservoir, however, is encouraging. It has 23 tmc against the full capacity of 29 tmc.

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