Rs 1,200 for a tanker at Puppalguda

Water Board stopped supply in few localities.

Hyderabad: Residents in the areas on the Singur-Manjeera pipeline have been experiencing a severe shortage of water. The Water Board has stopped the supply of water from Singur and Manjeera, which has affected areas like Puppalguda, Manikonda, Gopanpally, Rajendranagar, Gachibowli, Serilingampally, and Patancheru.

The board has been supplying water through tankers but has not been able to meet the demand of 120 million gallons a day.

Mr Nihal, a resident of Puppalguda, said that the consumers were forced to book private tankers. “We have been paying Rs 750 to Rs 1,200 for two weeks now. Though the Water Board officials had promised continuous water supply a week ago, they have failed to deliver. Our situation is going to get worse during the summer,” he said.

Mr Vekateshwar Reddy of Gopanpally said that the board stopped supplying water 20 days ago. “We have submitted three representations to the board which did not provide any relief,” he said. He said they have had to purchase 25-litre cans at Rs 35 per piece to meet their needs.

Upon inquiry, a senior official said that the board had been exploring all options to supplement the Manjeera supply and would do so with water from the Godavari and the Krishna. He said that acute water crises were found specifically in areas at a higher elevation like Puppalguda, Manchirevula, Manikonda, Gopanpally, and three other pockets.

The official said that the issue will be resolved in Rajendernagar, Serilingam-pally, and Gachibowli, where water will be supplied from the Osmansagar and Himayatsagar reservoirs temporarily. He also mentioned that once the ring main is installed, the board will provide water to residents in the areas that were formerly supplied by Singur-Manjeera.

Godavari water will run from Yellampally to Patancheru, where it will be processed before being supplied to Hyderabad. This would leave the water from Manjeera to be utilized to meet the needs of Medak district.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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