Water board left gasping for air

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STAYING PUT: The Krishna and the Godavari might come to city. But the long wait for water is likely to continue. Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
STAYING PUT: The Krishna and the Godavari might come to city. But the long wait for water is likely to continue. Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

K.V.S. Madhav

With the dawn of `Greater' era, HMWSSB has to contend with more thirsty people. Is it prepared?

HYDERABAD: Delayed supplies and even more delayed tanker supplies, parched throats, frayed tempers and street fights, archaic pipelines, polluted supply even after the slightest of rain spells, a helpline that is perennially engaged and last but not the least indifferent staff.

Adding to the woes is the levy on apartment dwellers that has brought in the monies but also attracted flak.

What ails HMWSSB? More so in the wake of creation of Greater Hyderabad bringing into its fold 12 ex-municipalities, a coverage area spread over 600 and that many more thirsty people?

Poor infrastructure has always been its bane with most of its distribution network dating back to the Nizam's days. Now it is also saddled with infrastructure-defunct ex-municipalities.

Are there enough water reserves for it to derive strength and the elixir of life from?

Depleting `Sagars'

Drawal of water from Himayatsagar which used to supply 15 MGD was stopped following the reservoir going dry.

Osmansagar too is fast depleting. HMWSSB MD K.S. Jawahar Reddy, however is quite categorical in his assurance. "There is no reason to worry. There will be no water problems this summer and in the coming years also," he said.

With the second phase of Krishna Drinking Water Supply Project finally being commissioned soon, water reserves will get a major fillip, he said.

First phase results

Ninety Million Gallons Per Day (MGD) would reach the city along with the 90 MGD being drawn from the project's first phase.

Plans are also afoot to bring in a staggering 80 TMC of Godavari water from Pranahitha in a phased manner to meet the drinking water requirements of the city up to 2070 AD as against 11 TMC of Krishna water brought in two phases.

Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited, a Central Government undertaking, which carried out a feasibility study on Godavari water for Greater Hyderabad put the population projection in the year 2031 AD at 1.71crores and corresponding drinking water requirement 30 TMC excluding the water available from existing drinking water sources.

The suggested drawal was 7.3 TMC of water in the first phase of Godavari Drinking Water Supply Scheme to Greater Hyderabad at the rate of 120 MGD. Blueprint looks bright but ground realities are grey.



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