Staff Reporter

Say it’s risky to drink water supplied by the board and prefer purchasing water cans instead

20-litre water cans sold at prices ranging from Rs. 20 to Rs. 35 per can

Bottled water is a better choice as it is ionised, say residents

HYDERABAD: With incidence of cholera being reported in the State capital, residents of many localities seemed to have lost faith in the government’s capability to supply potable water. At several colonies, people were seen purchasing bottled drinking water.

At most of the places, 20-litre water cans were being sold at prices ranging from Rs. 20 to Rs. 35 per can and people did not seem to mind shelling out money for buying water. “It’s risky to drink water supplied by the Board. Though water is supplied daily, there are complaints of foul smell in some slum areas in Baghlingampally,” says Subramanyam, a tea stall owner.

Unhygienic conditions

In localities like Azampura, Dhobigalli in Malakpet, Manikeswarinagar at Osmania University and some colonies in Amberpet, the prevailing unhygienic conditions are forcing the residents to prefer bottled water. “Water Board is supplying through water tankers but we have doubts about its quality. Bottled water is a better choice as it is ionised and can be stored for over a fortnight,” says Liyakath of Azampura. So were the observations from people living at Baghlingampally, Tarnaka, Malakpet and other areas. Residents in old city areas, known for outbreak of seasonal communicable diseases, are certainly scared these days. There were complaints of drinking water supplied having a foul smell in Basharatnagar at Jahanuma, Bilalnagar in Kalapather, Ramnaspura and Nawab Saheb Kunta. Locality people bitterly complain that the officials never bothered to attend to their repeated complaints. “Life is hell for us. No municipal official has visited the area so far. We are left in the lurch,” complains Tahera Begum of Basharatnagar.

Foul odour

The poor maintenance of water pipelines is visible in this area. Sewage gets mixed with water in the leaking pipes. “We are tired of complaining. No one attended to the leaking pipes for the last one month. This could lead to an outbreak here too,” rues Mumtaz Begum from the same locality.

It’s a different tale for residents of Bilalnagar and Nawab Saheb Kunta. “We do get water but it has odour sometimes and sometimes its brownish in colour. Why should we suffer for no fault of us?” questions Hameed. In this locality, the water pipeline passes through an overflowing nala. It’s a potential health hazard, but none is bothered about it, locals say.

Almost similar is the situation in Ramnaspura. Drainage water is seeps into water supply lines. “Children have been complaining about health problems for last few days and we are worried,” says a resident Mohammed Baba. A clinic in Bilalnagar was teeming with patients, especially elders since past two weeks. A few suspected diarrhoea cases were also reported here, confirms clinic doctor Arifuddin.

Unhygienic conditions also greet people with overflowing drainage water in some lanes at Bilalnagar and Nawab Saheb Kunta. “Despite requesting the local MLA and officials concerned, none came forward to solve the problem,” adds an auto trolley driver Fareed Khan.