Water Board gets 200-cr. JNURM funds for storage

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K.V.S. Madhav

12 new reservoirs to be constructed at Rs. 130 crores New reservoirs to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 130 crores

  • City has 80 reservoirs of 200 mld capacity as on date
  • The reservoirs will pave the way for daily water supply

    HYDERABAD: Decks have been cleared for shoring up the storage capacity of the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board's distribution network with the Board receiving Rs. 200 crores under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission funds.

    Of this, Rs. 130 crores will be spent on construction of 12 new reservoirs in the twin cities, including eight in the old city, and the rest on laying pipelines to take Krishna water to all areas.

    The new reservoirs of 100 million litres per day (mld) capacity will enable the Board store the huge volume of water, which will be at its disposal on completion of the second phase of the Krishna Drinking Water Supply Project.

    On the second phase's launch, 90 million gallons per day (mgd) of additional Krishna water will flow into the water board system taking the total volume to 320 mgd from the present 225 mgd, a proposition that is enough to revive the long-forgotten daily water supply!

    New reservoirs

    The board has 80 reservoirs with storage capacity of 200 mld and the addition of the new reservoirs of 100 mld will enable it to meet the increased inflows from Krishna.

    The new reservoirs will come up at Asifnagar, Allabanda, Shaikpet, New Thattikhana, Asmangadh, DRDO township, Barkas, Maisaram, Patigadda, Chilkalguda, Narayanguda and Vaishalinagar.

    HMWSSB Managing Director K.S. Jawahar Reddy, while doing rounds of Delhi, had appraised the Central Sanction and Monitoring Committee last month about the urgent need for the reservoirs, more so with the Krishna second phase getting ready for launch.

    He said additional capacity reservoirs were crucial to bring the entire allotment of Krishna water into the HMWSSB network.

    Growing population and corresponding demand for water has also necessitated new reservoirs.

    As per the projections of a recent water board demand-supply study in the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad limits, it is found that seven reservoirs of 50.5 mld capacity north of Musi and six of 49.50 mld south of Musi are required to meet the demands of the year 2011.

    Officials say once the construction of these reservoirs is completed, "We may be able to ensure daily water supply too."

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