Hyderabad: Residents of Vasavinagar in the Secunderabad Cantonment have completed a door-to-door signature campaign regarding water supply issues. The campaign lasted 40 days and the residents have now sent a representation to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
Their main demands include that they should be charged water tariff on par with the Metro Water Board which supplies the rest of the city, and regularisation of their water supply.
The campaign was started by Mr Telukunta Sathish Gupta, a social worker and president of the Vasavinagar Welfare Association. Mr Gupta went around around 33 colonies and collected around 3,500 signatures from residents facing water shortage.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Mr Gupta said, “There are many colonies which receive water only once a week even during peak summer. Borewells in the colonies are dried up and many are not in a position to afford water tankers. Summer became a nightmare due to the lack of the basic necessity of water.”
“When we were doing the door-to-door signature campaign, we found that there are numerous problems that citizens are suffering apart from water scarcity. These include, leaking drainage, patchy roads, blinking street lights and others,” he added.
However, when contacted, Vice-President J. Rama Krishna said, “We are talking to state government regarding better water facilities. In the past six years, we have improved the water share of Cantonment from 30 to 55 lakh gallons. We are also working on the development of adequate infrastructure to handle the extra amount of water that we will get in the future from the Water Board.”