HYDERABAD: The ring main project taken up by the Water Board (HMWS&SB) has not moved forward an inch for over a year now.
Out of the 158-km of inter-connected water grid planned, the board has only completed 9 km along the Muthangi-Kokapet road and work on another 9 km is pending. The board is laying a 3,000-mm diameter pipeline, which is an extension of the main pipeline to bring Godavari water at a cost of Rs 285 crore.
This apart, officials said that despite repeated requests, the government had not given sanction for the 140-km ring main II which would supply residents living along the Outer Ring Road (ORR). The ‘ring main II’ is an arrangement of pipes forming a loop which aids in supply of water and will be constructed connecting supply lines from the Godavari and the Krishna with those from the Manjeera. Under ring main I, the Godavari and the Manjeera pipeline networks will be connected.
The proposed project creates a network for the Krishna and the Godavari water via the Siddipet, Sangareddy and Gandipet reservoirs and drinking water would be supplied to all residents living within the 158-km circumference of the ORR.
The project would also benefit citizens living in the municipalities of Boduppal, Peerzadiguda, Balapur, Meerpet, Jalpally, Badangpet, Pedda Amberpet and in the mandals of Patancheru, RC Puram, Medchal, Quthbullapur, Shamirpet, Keesara, Ghatkesar, Hayathnagar, Ibrahimpatnam, Maheswaram, Saroornagar, Shamshabad, Rajendranagar and Jinnaram.
The project would be able to supply about 30 million gallons of water a day.
Regarding the government not sanctioning any amount for the 140-km ring main, a senior board official said that delay in paying contractors, apart from various other issues, had brought the work on the Muthangi-Kokapet to a halt.
"If everything goes according to the plan, the HMWS&SB would supply Godavari water to residents living in between Muthangi and Kokapet by February which also includes two mega housing projects in Kollur. As of now, works worth about Rs 120 crore have been completed and the remaining work is progressing at snail's pace,” the official said. He said that the works would pick up momentum only after the release of funds from the state government.