J.S. Ifthekhar

Frequent leakages to Krishna water line spurs Water Board to act

HMWSSB to set up Rapid Action Force to plug overflow of sewer, drinking water

Rs. 3.62 crore action plan for repairs to pumps, borewells to draw more water in summer

Hyderabad: Taking a cue from the railway gangmen, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) plans to constantly inspect and guard its water transmission lines. Jolted by the frequent leakages to the Krishna drinking water line, the Board has decided to take pre-emptive steps to check the water seepage.

A four-member team has been constituted to patrol and guard the main water trunk lines to the city and check leakages, if any. Water pipelines, which are exposed, often become the target of mischief mongers.

Seeking public support

On the lines of the police, the Board is in the process of setting up a Rapid Action Team to rush and plug overflow of sewer and drinking water in the city. Five to six teams will be placed at strategic points to rush on receipt of information. “Protecting water is as important as law and order”, said G. Asok Kumar, managing director, HMWSSB.

As part of the summer action plan, the Board is taking various steps to conserve the precious water. Public support is being enlisted to pass on information about leakages of water or sewerage wherever they come across. “We want to ensure zero leakage in the city”, said Mr. Asok Kumar.

Drop in supply

He does not see any problem in maintaining the present supply of 282 mgd water even though the drawal from Osmansagar and Himayatsagar has come down steeply.

A Rs. 3.62-crore action plan to take up repairs to the existing bore wells – both hand pumps and submersible pumps - to draw additional quantities during summer.

Repairs will be carried out to the existing static tanks situated in weaker section areas by providing GI fittings, bib cocks and platforms. Also upkeep and reconditioning of all pumps, motors, electrical installations is proposed. The Board plans to increase the number of water tanker trips in tail-end areas, elevated places and ‘bastis’ during summer. On an average 1,350 free tanker trips are made daily to the ill-served areas besides 1,300 payment trips.