Special Correspondent

Official attributes delay in works to Dasara festivities

  • Rs.1,080-crore project divided into four packages
  • Second phase is likely to be inaugurated on November 1

    HYDERABAD: Work on one package of the Krishna Drinking Water Supply Project second phase - 24.18-km long Godakondla-Nasarlapally - has been completed. Another 2.9 km of pipeline length is left to be laid.

    It is likely to be completed in another 10 days, bringing in an additional 90 million gallons per day.

    The Rs.1,080-crore project has been divided into four packages along the 110-km Hyderabad-Nagarjunasagar State highway.

    A stretch of 2 km in the first package (Nasrlapally-Kodandapur - 34.5 k.m.); 200 metres in the third package (20.4 k.m Gunagal-Godakandla) besides 700 metres in the Gunagal-Sahebnagar package are to be completed.

    The works should have been finished by October first week, but the long weekend and Dasara festivities appeared to have slowed down the works by a few days.

    "We will be completing them by October 18 and also carry out trial runs to check the system," a senior HMWSSB official said.

    The second phase is likely to be inaugurated on November 1, the State Formation Day and that of the HMWSSB as well.

    Works on the pump houses, reservoirs and treatment plants en route were also nearing completion and the system should be in place by mid October.

    While the first phase works took about two years for completion, the second phase works were much faster taking just about a year. The Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy launched the works last October.

    Water supply

    At present, the HMWSSB supplies some 220 million gallons per day with Singur supplying 120 MGD, Krishna 70 MGD and Osmansagar, Himayatsagar and Manjira accounting for the rest.

    With the Krishna second phase bringing in another 90 MGD, the daily supply volume could well touch the 300 MGD mark, making daily water supply a distinct possibility, HMWSSB officials said.