HYDERABAD: This financial year would witness remarkable improvement in the city in terms of development of roads, water supply among other issues, Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) minister KT Rama Rao said.
In the state budget, the government provided a budget of `1,400 crore to Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) and over `1,000 crore to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Apart from this budgetary allocation, special focus will be on development and protection of parks and water bodies and removal of illegal encroachments from major water bodies, Rao added.
Rama Rao along with ministers Nayini Narasimha Reddy, P Mahender Reddy and others inaugurated newly constructed reservoirs at Nallagandla, Gopanpally, Kukatpally Public Housing Board (KPHB) Phase-IV and Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) Miyapur on Thursday.
Nearly 40 per cent is unaccounted for Water (UFW) or non-revenue water and there is a need to bring down the UFW with special drives to disconnect illegal connections and regularising meters, he said.
Rao said `1,900 crore had been sanctioned, adding that Housing And Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) was working on improvement of water supply with the amount. He ensured supplies through under Mission Bhagiratha.
KTR said that of the proposed 56 water reservoirs of various capacities, 12 have been completed and remaining would be completed by August or September this year.
The deadline is May 2018 but the project is going to be completed in six months in advance, he said. A 20 tmcft capacity reservoir at Keshavapuram in Shamirpet costing `7,000 crore would be constructed for which tenders would be floated, he added.