With the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) constructing seven additional storage reservoirs at various places in the Old City, residents of this area can look forward to their drinking water problem getting mitigated.
The water board is presently supplying water to around 1.5 lakh consumers while there are 10 to 12 lakh people residing in Old City. As a result, most of the residents get drinking water only twice a day, while a few get it daily.
So far, six reservoirs – Mir Alum, Asmangadh, Bandlaguda, Chanchalguda, Maisaram and Riyasatnagar -have been completed while the one at Barkas will be completed by December end. Once all storage reservoirs are commissioned, the drinking water woes of Old City residents will reduce to a certain extent as the additional reservoirs can provide the much needed drinking water to another one lakh residents.
The storage capacity of the reservoirs are as follows: Mir Alum (13 millions liters capacity) , Asmangadh (5 ML), Bandlaguda (2 ML), Chanchalguda (7.5 ML), Maisaram (5 ML), Riyasatnagar (12 ML) and Barkas (5 ML) on south of Musi river. The reservoirs were constructed at a cost of Rs 33.55 crore sanctioned by the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme.TOI