It’s a double whammy the denizens of the city could ill afford to face. Notwithstanding the intense heat sweeping across the city in the last couple of days, several parts of the city are facing acute water shortage thanks to dried-up taps and prolonged delays in water supply – the delays running beyond a week.
In areas like Dharam Karan Road, Ameerpet and Secunderabad Cantonment, water supply has gone completely dry for more than 8-10 days.
To put it simply, in heavily populated as well as posh areas, piped water supply has become a pipe dream. The story repeats itself in locality after locality as complaints of severe water shortage continue to pour in from S.R. Nagar, Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Begumpet, Chaitanyapuri and Red Hills. The situation on the outskirts of the city is far worse.
Having no choice, the residents are forced to go in for water tankers or purchase water cans. “We have no alternative but to go for tankers or purchase water cans at exorbitant rates,” says Krishna Prasad of Chaitanyapuri. “We are depending on water cans as the supplies from the Water Board are highly erratic,” says Prithviraj Singh of Ramchandrapuram.
Officials don’t deny the crisis but say they are doing their best to ‘adjust’ the available water till the monsoon arrives. With the mercury constantly rising, the supplies are dwindling fast. In December, the city received 340 mgd and by May, it has dropped to 320 mgd.
The problem has aggravated in the last few days with a sharp drop in the drawals from Osmansagar and Himayatsagar, the principal reservoirs supplying water to the city. From 24 mgd in December, the drawals from Osmansagar have now come down to 12 mgd this month.
Pumps switched off
In view of the dipping levels, the board has switched off two pumps and is operating only one.
Till June, it hopes to draw a mere 4 mgd from this reservoir. In case of Himayatsagar, the drawals have halved from 16 mgd in December to 8 mgd now.
The supplies are expected to be further curtailed to 312 mgd in June in case the monsoon is delayed. If this trend continues the city will get only 308 mgd in July and 300 mgd in August, officials warn.
Meanwhile, the board is making arrangements for emergency pumping from the Krishna. As many as 10 heavy-duty pumps are being readied.
The diversion of 9 mgd Krishna water to meet the needs of areas served by Osmansagar and Himayatsagar has adversely impacted supplies in other areas, officials aver. For instance, diversion of Krishna water to Asifnagar filter beds has curtailed supplies from Lingampally reservoir from 10 mgd to 3 mgd.
This reservoir provides water to areas in S.R. Nagar, Banjara Hills and parts of Jubilee Hills (division VI), Begumpet, Prakashnagar (division VII), Kukatpally (division IX) and Madhapur (division XV).
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The problem has aggravated in the last few days with a sharp drop in the drawals from Osmansagar and Himayatsagar