Hyderabad: While water connections at Metro Rail stations will increase the city’s demand for water supply by around 62 MGD, the sewerage from the 61 metro stations will choke the drains. Metro Rail authorities have sought sewerage connections for all its stations but Water Board inspection revealed that the current pipelines at Tarnaka and Mettuguda can’t take the load of the sewerage from the metro stations and will result in choking.
A senior official of Water Board said, “HMRL has applied for water supply and sewerage connection. Thousands of commuters may use the toilets in Metro stations. Apart from the treated water we are going to supply, they have borewells. So sewerage output will be more in certain busy stations. Based on the inspection report by our officials we have asked HMRL to pay around Rs 30 lakh as improvement charges for converting the existing lines into bigger ones. HMRL is asking for a waiver. The issues is pending.” When contacted, HMRL officials said that this was being pursued by L&T.
Manjeera drawn for beer units
One of city’s major source, Manjeera, is drastically depleting and the water board has stopped drawing water from it for the city’s needs. However, it still draws 3 MGD for the beer units in Sanga Reddy town. However, the water board charges them Rs 240 per kilo litre. The board follows a cross subsidy pattern, in which commercial and industrial users are taxed more so that slum dwellers can be given subsidised water. The more the commercial consumers, the more the board benefits.
Among the breweries that fall under the top 100 consumers’ list are South Asia Breweries Pvt. Ltd at Patancheru and United Breweries at Kondapur. Also, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages at Miyapur falls in this list. Others include Hyderabad International Airport, Singapore Township, Aradhana Foods and Juices, Nuclear Fuel Campus, HAL Township and AP Cine workers cooperative housing society....