Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: By setting up a free drinking water distribution centre at the busy Hanamkonda Chowrastha, the Lok Satta Party seems to lived up to its expectations. Even before it was inaugurated, scores of people lined up to grab a glass of water to quench their thirst here on Friday. Located at the party’s constituency office close to the bus stand and surrounded by cinema theatres and hospitals, it became an instant hit with moving public.

Inaugurating the centre, LSP leader P. Kodandarama Rao accused the district administration and the Municipal Corporation of failing to tackle the drinking water crisis. He said people in the urban areas were getting water supplies once in three days or four days while those in the rural areas were treading long distances to fetch a pot of water. The officials were justifying their inefficiency stating that they were busy with election duties. They should have come out with the summer action plan much before the onset of the season, he said. The LSP, if voted to power, would set up mineral water plants in colonies in urban areas and rural parts of the district.

“Water is a precious commodity. The municipal officials remain mute spectators while private operators are making fast buck by selling water,” Mr. Rao pointed out.

Meanwhile, Collector B. Janardhan Reddy urged people not to venture out after 11 a.m. as next 48 hours would witness severe heat wave.