Funds from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) are expected to flow in shortly for implementing the Rs. 3,375- crore Godavari scheme aimed at supplying 30 tmcft of water to Hyderabad from Yellampalli barrage.

Permanent solution

On completion of this scheme, aimed as a permanent solution to the city's drinking water needs, the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) will be able to double the daily supply to the residents to about 700 million gallons per day (MGD). A sum of Rs. 575 crore has already been spent on phase I of the scheme under which a 186-km long pipeline is being laid from Yellampalli.

The GHMC's population which was 78 lakh in 2009, is likely to reach 87 lakh by 2011 and 130 lakh by 2031. Compared to this, the water requirement of the GHMC area has been assessed at 430 MGD by 2011 and 650 MGD by 2031.

At a meeting to review the Boards' activities here on Friday, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah noted that 335 MGD was being supplied from existing sources as against a requirement of about 430 MGD.

Krishna Phase II

Identifying the lack of holding capacity of the reservoirs in the city and limited infrastructure available for distribution system as the reasons for this, Mr Rosaiah asked the HMWSSB to expedite the Krishna Phase II. This project has been taken up at a cost of Rs. 2002 crore under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

Municipal Administration Minister A. Ramanarayan Reddy told reporters later that as part of Krishna Phase II, pipelines were laid from Sahebnagar to Prasasan Nagar and Maredpalli.

He said the Centre had agreed to fund the Musi project Phase II also under National River Conservation Project and to give Rs 750-crore assistance to revamp sewerage/ drainage system in the GHMC area.

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