Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: The Warangal Municipal Corporation proposes to upgrade its drinking water distribution system with the Central grant of Rs.179 crore given to it recently.

The Corporation plans to set up new filter beds keeping in view the growing needs of the population and expansion of residential colonies on the pheripheral areas of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipeta towns. The corporation has sought the district revenue officials to allot 10 acres land in the municipal limits for the proposed filter beds.

Mayor E Swarna met district Collector K Damayanti and discussed the issue with her on Friday. She apprised the Collector of the proposed improvements to the drinking water supply system being planned by the corporation. She sought the cooperation of the Collector in this direction.

For the seven-lakh odd population under the municipal corporation limits, the Corporation is supplying 15 MGD of water as against the actual demand of 25 MGD. It has decided to increase the supply by nine more MGD in view of the growing demand from the residents. Presently, the Corporation gets water from Lower Manair Dam (LMD) which is stored in three summer storage tanks in the city – Bhadrakali, Waddepally and Dharmasagar tanks.

As part of the Devadula lift irrigation project, the Dharmasagar tank was taken up by the irrigation department and is being converted into a balancing reservoir. Some water would be utilised by the municipal corporation for the drinking water needs of residents in tri-cities. However, the distribution system which was laid three decades ago has become inadequate and is unable to cater to the needs of growing residential colonies.

Following the persuasion of Hanamkonda MP B Vinod Kumar, the Central government has sanctioned a grant to improve the system by the Warangal Municipal Corporation..