HYDERABAD: With an aim to stabilise the water supply system in the city, Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, is constructing two huge tanks for water storage. These intze tanks are being constructed on the outskirts of the city.
Works on these two enormous intze tanks are going on briskly at Sowbhagyapuram Colony under Vasavi Nagar zone of LB Nagar. Intze (shaft foundation) reservoir relates to a particular type of water tower.
Majority of water reservoirs built by the water board in different parts of Greater Hyderabad are either Ground Level Storage Reservoir (GLSR) or Elevated Level Storage Reservoir (ELSR).
"Intze is like a water tower. It is built without the support of columns or braces. The load is taken care by the Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) wall whereas in the conventional ELSR or GLSR reservoirs, they are supported by columns and braces,” HMWS&SB director (Projects) D Sridhar Babu said.
Sridhar Babu said that the under-construction tank will stabilise the existing water supply system as well as extension of existing pipelines are covered to enhance residual pressures and minimise pollution. The entire system can be utilised for 24X7 supplies in future to match the demands of 2041, he added.
Intze tank reservoirs being built at Vasavi Nagar have a capacity to store as much as 2.50 million litres (ML) of water. The cost of each intze tank is around Rs 4.71 crore.
The tanks are being constructed under Rs 1,900 crore HUDCO-aided Water Supply Improvement and Distribution Network. Under the Rs 1,900 crore HUDCO-aided scheme being taken up in municipal circles of LB Nagar, Kukatpally, Serilingampally, Quthbullapur, Alwal, Kapra, Patencheru, Uppal and Ramchandrapuram, construction of 56 water reservoirs of various capacities has been proposed. Of this, 12 have been completed and remaining are under various stages of completion.
Areas getting the benefits
One of the tanks will stabilise existing water supply system for 7,000 water connections and another 500 new connections in Maruthi Nagar, Phanigiri Colony, Ramlingeswara Colony, Vinayaka Nagar, Satya Nagar and Ratna Nagar on LB Nagar and Gaddianaram circles. The other tank will improve water supplies in Alkapuri, Mohan Nagar, Sowbhaghyapuram, Vijayapuri colony, New Nagole, SBI Colony, Laxmi Nagar, Vasavi Colony, Snehapuri colony, Margadarshi colony, Haripuri colony etc.