GUNTUR: Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) Commissioner Srikesh B Lathkar has said that the civic body is preparing detailed plans for development of the city.
Addressing mediapersons at Guntur on Thursday, Commissioner Srikesh said that every Saturday will be observed as ‘dry day’ to check water-borne communicable diseases. He said that a new proposal was put forth for identifying damaged pipelines with the help of cameras. Leaking pipes would be replaced with using modern technology. He further said the old damaged drinking water pipelines on a stretch of 10 km were changed at a cost of Rs 10 crore in Old Guntur where diarhhorea wreaked havoc due to water contamination. He said very soon interconnection pipelines would be installed for improving drinking water supply system in the Old City.
He said GMC had already sent a proposal to higher authorities to replace pipelines on a stretch of 100 km at a cost of Rs 39 crore. He said if GMC implemented the new technology of identifying damaged pipelines with the help of cameras, the cost would come down substantially.
Srikesh announced the trial run of four newly-constructed water reservoirs and the existing 10 reservoirs to start supplying drinking water to the citizens of Guntur.
He said the AP Municipal Development Project (APMDP) which envisages round-the-clock water supply would be completed soon. APMDP is providing Rs 130 crore and GMC Rs 30 crore for the project. He said already GMC had increased the water drawing capacity to 132 MLD per day from 90 MLD per day for round-the-clock supply in the city. He hinted that there was a proposal for installing water meters under 24x7 water supply scheme to every house. He said that one modern e-bus bay was working at Lakshmipuram and another five e-would be started in Guntur city soon.