Municipality to spend Rs. 6 crores on storage tank and storm water drain works
HYDERABAD: Here is a curious case where people have to put up with vagaries of nature. During peak summer, residents of Malkajgiri Municipality endure acute shortage of potable water and, ironically, during monsoons the colonies get inundated with knee-deep rainwater.
The municipality, with a population of over three lakhs, only receives half of its overall demand for drinking water, which is at 60 lakh gallons per day. Having said that, during monsoons six of its colonies get flooded with rainwater due to lack of a complete network of storm water drains.
To stave off these twin problems, the municipality officials have drawn up a slew of projects worth over Rs. 6 crores to enhance water storage capacity and storm water drains, works related to which are expected to be completed in three to four months from now.
Commissioner of Malkajgiri J.D. Samson on Thursday inspected several sites in the colonies where the works are in full swing.
Three reservoirs to store drinking water, being constructed at a cost of over Rs. 2 crores and having a capacity to hold 16,000 kilolitres of drinking water at Sainathapuram and Vajpayee Nagar in the municipality, are in various stages of completion.
Several interior colonies including Ananta Saraswati Nagar, Sathi Reddy Nagar, NMDC Colony, Bhramarambika Nagar, Simhadri Nagar and Satya Raghavendra Nagar get flooded with rainwater in monsoons.
Extensive network of storm water drains are being laid up in these colonies. "These colonies suffer perennially with knee-length rainwater during monsoons. We are constructing storm water drains here with a cost of Rs. 1.64 crores. The works would be completed before monsoons," Mr. Samson informed.
During peak summers, the municipality officials are managing to supply half of the overall demand for water. "We do not have enough storage capacity here and that's why we are unable to supply full quota of water. Several colonies here receive drinking water once in six days. This problem would be solved after the construction of reservoirs," informed Special Officer, Malkajgiri, B. Ramachandra Rao.