Board to write to APERC seeking power at subsidised rate

The Satya Sai Water Supply Project, founded by spiritual leader Satya Saibaba with a noble cause of providing safe drinking water to the rural people in East and West Godavari districts, feels the pinch of the steep hikes in the power charges.

The project, involving pumping and filtering of the water from the Godavari river, was commissioned in West Godavari district in 2007 and it meets drinking water needs in 240 upland habitations falling under the three Assembly segments in the district— Polavaram, Gopalapuram and Chintalapudi. An intake well was built on the banks of the Godavari near Polavaram to pump raw water from the river into a treatment plant. The pipeline runs for a length of 627 km to take water to the targeted villages, mostly tribal habitations.

Maintenance cost

Sri Satya Sai Water Supply Board which met here on Tuesday with Collector G. Vanimohan in the chair took serious note of the increasing maintenance cost of the project in view of the increase of power rates.

It was observed that the maintenance cost has gone up by Rs 2 crore to Rs 8 crore since the inception of the project as a result of the hike in power tariffs. The board has decided to write to the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) at the instance of the Collector with a request for power supply at subsidised rates for the scheme to go ahead with the objective of providing safe drinking water to the rural people. The water scheme has received power at a price of 35 paise per unit from 2007 to 2010. Later, the cost of power went up to Re 1 per unit during 2010-12 and now it shot up to Rs 4.39.

The bottlenecks in water supply in view of interruptions in power supply were brought down to a greater extent in areas like Buttayagudem, Koyyalagudem, Kamavarapukota and Chintalapudi mandals by installing a generator at Kamavarapukota for which the board is expected to incur Rs 12 lakh towards diesel cost every year. The Roads and Buildings department Superintending Engineer Srimannarayana has turned down the board’s plea to bear the cost for diversion of water pipelines for facilitating road-widening works in Chintalapudi and Kamavarapukota areas. The board has proposed to recover Rs 20 lakh from the R&B department towards damage of pipelines due to the road expansion works and their replacement.

  • The project is providing safe drinking water to the rural people in East, West Godavari districts

  • Cost of power has increased from Re. 1 per unit during 2010-12 to Rs. 4.39 now

  • Board decides to write to the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission seeking power supply at subsidised rate