HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday said the State government plans to provide piped drinking water to every household in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits.
Many families living in weaker sections’ colonies and slums in GHMC limits are deprived of tap connections, he said and directed the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) to identify the poor who don’t have water connections and prepare cost estimates and submit a report to the government at the earliest.
With Phase-III of Krishna Drinking Water Supply Scheme (45 MGD) and Godavari Drinking Water Supply Scheme (172 MGD) nearing completion, an additional 217 MGD of water would be added to the drinking water network soon, and scarcity of drinking water would not arise in Greater Hyderabad, he said.
The Chief Minister, while reviewing the status of drinking water supply in Hyderabad with senior officials of HMWS&SB at his camp office, also told the officials that priority should be given to provide water supply to industrial, commercial and other bulk consumers.
As the population of Greater Hyderabad and surrounding areas is about 1.42 crore, about 32 TMC of water would be required, he opined and directed the HMWS&SB to prepare a detailed action plan to meet the future needs of the city.
KCR Orders Development of Amenities
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao issued a direction to expedite construction of common toilets, multi-level parking, and other amenities in the city, at a review meeting held on Monday. Construction of 200 common toilets, 50 multi-purpose halls, bus bays at 175 locations, 50 multi-level parking stations, 50 foot-over bridges, 36 grave yards, and protection of 36 lakes, will be taken up. M G Gopal, principal secretary, GHMC special officer Somesh Kumar, and others attended.