Political slugfest over Osmania University water, power ‘shortage’

BRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday took to X and lashed out at the government for misleading the people and said the OU chief warden’s statement confirmed power and water crisis in the state.
Osmania University in Hyderabad.
Osmania University in Hyderabad. Express.

HYDERABAD: Osmania University found itself caught in a political slugfest after students’ protest over the water and power supply issue in the campus went viral on social media.

The issue erupted late Saturday night. On Monday, the OU chief warden clarified that the university had issued a notification on March 18 declaring summer vacation and closure of hostels and messes from May 1 to May 31. The notification also said that the campus was facing water and electricity shortage, and requested cooperation from boarders.

BRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday took to X and lashed out at the government for misleading the people and said the OU chief warden’s statement confirmed power and water crisis in the state.

Reacting to this, Deputy CM Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka issued a statement denying shortage of water and power supply in the university and describing the claims made by the hostel warden as false.

Bhatti said that he had ordered an inquiry after some people had given notices about shortage of electricity and drinking water in Osmania University and the officials who investigated the venue immediately made it clear in the preliminary report that there was no interruption in power supply.

The deputy CM further clarified that the officials said in their report that it was clear from the meter readings that electricity was continuously supplied to the entire university through two separate 11kv feeders from the 33/11 KV sub-station in the OU campus. He said that a show cause notice had been issued by the university registrar to the chief warden for making a false statement without verifying the facts. He further assured the students that they would not face any difficulties to stay on the campus and study freely. Since the education portfolio is with Chief Minister Revanth Reddy and he was away campaigning in Karnataka on Monday, the deputy CM stepped in to douse the fire.

The BRS lashed out at the government for its alleged failure to provide facilities to the students. 

CM, Dy CM misleading people: KCR

During a roadshow in Khammam, KCR alleged that power cuts have increased in the state. Stating that the Osmania University hostel warden sent notices to students asking them to leave the hostel due to water problems arising due to power cuts, KCR alleged that instead of solving the issue, deputy chief minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka suspended the warden.

Meanwhile, the TSSPDCL issued a press release, saying that false claims were being made about the shortage of power supply by the chief warden.

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board also released a statement saying that the water board was supplying additional water to the university from two sources at Tarnaka and Adikmet.

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