Hyderabad: The never-ending water crisis that the Lakshmiguda Housing board colony residents have been facing for the past few years has tipped them over the edge and compelled them to start the ‘No water, no vote’ campaign.
The residents of the colony, which is located on the outskirts of the city and comprises more than 600 houses and 5,000 residents, have had to travel two-three km every day just for water for almost four years now.
“We have been suffering from the water crisis for almost four years now and although we’ve approached all our political leaders from corporators to MLAs, the issue has not been resolved yet.”
According to sources, the State Housing Board Corporation used to look after the colony’s water facilities earlier and was collecting a fee of Rs 100 from each household. This responsibility was later transferred to the colony association, who started collecting Rs 250 from each household. However, owing to the poor collection of funds, the pending bills from the colony have accumulated to a total amount of Rs 56 lakhs over the years.
Ms Vijaya Lakshmi Mishra, a resident of Lakshmiguda colony, said, “Many poor tenants are suffering because of the rift between the colony association and the HMWS&SB. Even the boor wells have dried up.”...