Private water tanker operators make a killing

Updated - November 16, 2021 07:15 pm IST

Published - April 06, 2015 12:00 am IST - HYDERABAD:

With no water supply for those who were supposed to receive it on April 4 due to the shutdown of the Krishna phase-1 and 2 sources by the water board, many people in the city were forced to rely on private water tankers on Saturday and Sunday.

As the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) supplies water every alternate day to localities, those who were affected by the shut down on Saturday also had to make alternate arrangements for Sunday, as supply would resume only on Monday. “Private tanker operators also charged us more stating that there is a lot of demand,” said M. Azeez, a resident of Musheerabad.

Azeez pointed out that tankers charge customers based on the distance they have to travel to reach locations. “While HMWSSB tankers only cost Rs.400 for domestic users, non-potable water supplied by private operators is actually costlier than that,” said T. Shilpa, a resident of Secunderabad. She added that drinking water is even costlier, and hoped that by Monday the usual HMWSSB supply would be restored.

A private tanker operator from Hafeezpet, on condition of anonymity, said that water is supplied by him only to certain locations from his source. “We don’t go far, as people might not be ready to pay high prices. But those who go to far-off locations like to Secunderabad, will charge nearly double,” he explained, and added that a 6000 litre drinking water tanker would cost customers Rs.1,000, and non-potable water a few hundred rupees lesser.

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