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Rosaiah asks them to commence supply by tankers and initiate measures to improve situation

Expresses happiness that Centre had released 467 cr. under rural drinking water programme

Clears 41 multi-village, 1,463 single-village water schemes and other supporting programmes

HYDERABAD: As summer peaks, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah has asked officials of the Rural Water Supply Department to monitor the drinking water supply situation in villages this month on a regular basis and keep a round-the-clock watch on the problem areas.

He instructed them to commence water supply by tankers, wherever necessary, ascertain the quantity and quality of water supply and initiate suitable measures to improve the situation.

Complaints galore

“I am receiving complaints from people about improper water supply whenever I visit villages,” he said. Reviewing the water supply situation here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister expressed happiness that the Central Government had released a sum of Rs 467 crore under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) for the current fiscal for implementing water schemes in villages.

Under phase I of the programme, the Chief Minister cleared 41 multi-village and 1,463 single-village water schemes and other supporting programmes costing Rs 462 crore covering a population of 23 lakh in 2,489 villages.

The State's share towards the cost would be Rs 212 crore.

Under Phase II, as many as 53 multi-village and 1,110 single-village schemes, together costing Rs 349 crore, were also sanctioned to cover a population of 16.7 lakh in 1,818 villages. The State government would shortly release its share of Rs 175 crore under this phase.