Hyderabad: If citizens are not observing dry day, it is because they have little faith in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.
The ever-present fear of a sudden water shutdown or interrupted water supply impels citizens to fill every container in their homes with water and these can become breeding sites for mosquitoes.
Citing this, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has now decided to put an end to the ‘Friday Dry Day’ campaign and follow in the footsteps of the Delhi government which has launched 'Dus Hafte, Dus Baje, Dus Minute' drive to fight vector borne diseases and ensure that there is no stagnant water in houses or surroundings of residents of Hyderabad.
A Koti Reddy, a software profession living in Tarnaka says he cannot observe a dry day every week because the water supply in the city is so unpredictable.
“There may be pipeline damage, sudden shutdown, low pressure and several other issues which would limit the water supply and we have to see that before emptying stagnant water in our homes. The government should also consider changing the dry day to Sunday as Friday is a working day,” he said.
“We are not even unaware of the dry Friday concept,” said N. Shashanka of Pappulguda. “First resolve the water issues in the city and build trust that people will receive water the next day after dewatering the stagnant water in individual houses.”
GHMC commissioner D.S. Lokesh Kumar said that the civic body will call off the Friday dry day campaign and introduce a new one depicting Delhi government’s 'Dus Hafte, Dus Baje, Dus Minute'.
He said that the mechanism for implementing this and the dry day will be announced next week.
Mr Kumar also suggested that instead of throwing out the water in homes, the water can be covered with a cloth....