Water Board Proposes to Reintroduce VDS, OTS

VDS is for regularisation of illegal water connections and OTS for settlement of dues

Published: 20th June 2014 07:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2014 07:37 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) proposed to reintroduce Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS) and One Time Settlement (OTS) soon for those who are having illegal water connections, HMWS&SB mManaging director J Syamala Rao told newsmen here on Thursday.

VDS deals with regularisation of illegal water connections and avoids police cases while OTS deals with settlement of dues with complete waiver of interest.

The Water Board wanted to provide one more (final) opportunity to the dues payment-defaulters and illegal water connections-holders to clear their dues and regularise the water connections, he added.

Despite the late arrival of the monsoon this year, the normal water supply position would continue till August-end. If there were insufficient rain, the water inflows into the major reservoirs like imayatsagar, Osmansagar, Singur, Manjira and Krishna would be affected and additional pumping motors would have to be pressed used for drawl of water, he added.

He disclosed that the Central government had approved Rs 1,600 cr for taking up for various water and sewerage projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) transition phase. Referring to the Phase-III of the Krishna Drinking Water Supply Scheme, Syamala Rao said that efforts were being made to complete the works and partially commission it by December this year.

MD Claims Transparency in Staff Selection Process

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metropiltan Water Supply and Sewerage Board HMWS&SB) managing director J Syamala Rao has asserted that the recruitment process to the General Purpose Employee (GPE) posts is being held in a transparent manner and the question of foul play does not arise. After getting the approval from the state government, the HMWS&SB has taken up the recruitment of as many as 658 posts -- 450 posts in the GPE-water supply branch and 208 posts in the GPE-sewerage branch. Addressing newsmen here on Thursday, Syamala Rao said that candidates should not have any apprehensions about the recruitment process and acceptance of bogus certificates; if they had any doubts, they could get them clarified with officials concerned. If they found any foul play, they should bring the same to his notice , he said and added that he would take necessary action against the erring officials. Rao disclosed that the HMWS&SB had received a total of 29,120 applications, of which 16,134 had been shortlisted. These candidates had been called for the ongoing field tests. While 624 candidates had been shortlisted for the 208 sewerage posts, 1,358 persons had been shortlisted for the 450 water supply posts. Of the 624 candidates shortlisted for the sewerage posts, 36 had produced service/experience certificates, but only four of them attended the field test and all of them failed.


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