No end to drainage woes in Hyderabad

Four years on, colonies still wait for connection to main sewage line

Hyderabad: Residents of Rajendranagar, Serilingampally and parts of the old city had suffered dug-up roads for four years while government agencies were apparently working hard at giving them a sewage connection.

It has now come to light that the colonies still do not have direct connections with the main sewage line.

The Water Board and the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission had began the Rs 314-crore project in 2010 and claim that 90 per cent of the work is over.

The project has two parts — the first is laying an underground drainage network of 59 km with four sewerage treatment plants, each with a capacity of 46 million litres per day, in Serilingampally.

The second part is a 204-km sewage line with two 28-MLD sewage treatment plants at Rajendranagar circle, where works are not near completion.

Remodeling of storm water drain works at Serilingampally and pipeline works at Rajendranagar were scheduled for completion in March 2014. But at many areas, the pipeline is still being installed.

Though the authorities claim that works have been done in the listed areas, residents of Rajendranagar circle are still negotiating dug-up roads and construction debris while officials blame the rains and other technicalities.

This apart, about Rs 1,300 crore is being spent under various schemes to improve the underground drainage system in the twin cities for the last 15 years.

The improvement works of the underground drainage system were taken up for developing about 612 million litres per day-capacity STPs, trunk main sewers, sub-mains and lateral sewers under various schemes funded by World Bank, Megacity, NRCD, JNNURM and other state government schemes.

( Source : dc )
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