Hyderabad: Demanding the immediate initiation of suitable remedial measures for providing adequate and unpolluted drinking water for the residents of GHMC limits, Corporators of the Telugu Desam Party on Friday staged a dharna in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board head office at Khairtabad.
Led by party’s Floor Leader in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Singi Reddy Srinivas Reddy, the TDP Corporators refused to leave the office of HMWSSB Managing Director M Jagadeeshwar till a concrete assurance on the implementation of their numerous petition was announced.
The Dharna continued for well over three hours till the time when Mr Jagadeeshwar made his way to his office and assured the protesting Corporators that the Board would solve at least two of the most pressing demands in each of its divisions.
Talking to INN after calling off the dharna following Mr Jagadeeshwar’s assurance, Mr Singi Reddy said that the Corporators had submitted a letter to the HMWSSB MD and a copy to the State Vigilance Commissioner, along with a request to conduct detailed investigation in regard to the non-accountability of 120 Mg of drinking water.
Mr Singi Reddy pointed out that the sorry status of the drinking water being provided by Water Board to the innocent residents within GHMC limits had prompted the dharna.
The TDP leader said that about 30 lakh residents of the 70 lakh persons residing within the GHMC limits are dwelling in the peripheral areas of GHMC.
Saying that he felt disgusted to have had made many representations in the last two years since he was elected as a Corporator, the TDP leader pointed out that nothing has been done to find a solution to the issue of polluted, contaminated and dirty water being supplied daily/alternatively/once in a week, as the case may be to the GHMC residents.
“Our numerous representations and requests to initiate remedial measures for providing pollution free water for drinking purpose were met with failure,” Mr Singi Reddy said.
He added that not even minimum courteous action was initiated by the Water Board, as the filthy, muddy and contaminated water continued to be supplied for reasons best known to the HMWSSB itself.
“Perhaps, this exhibits the negligent attitude of the officials of Water Board,” the TDP leader said.
He pointed out that as per the existing evaluation, the Water Board is capable to provide drinking water at the rate of 220 MG daily for the requirement of GHMC limits, but 340 Mg of water is recorded in the inlets.
The Central government had also conducted a thorough survey and concluded that, only 135 litres of water per head daily is sufficient normally.
“The GHMC has 7,50,000 connections presently, of these, 3,36,000 connections are provided with daily drinking water supply. As regards the remaining connections, the drinking water is being supplied in turns comprising of three days, five days and eight days apiece. It is also not known, in regard to the account of 100 Mg of water,” the TDP leader pointed out.
He added that in terms of consumption of electricity, an amount of approximately Rs 16.00 crore is incurred towards the water supply, which is by any mean, disproportionate to the daily supply of drinking water. The water pipe lines made of cement exist in the GHMC limits which run parallel to nearby the drainage line and ‘Kutcha’ sewer lines.
“By nature of cement, the filth and other dirt oozing out of the drainage lines is being absorbed by the water pipe lines, thereby the drinking water becomes polluted and contaminated by mixing with drainage,” Mr Singi Reddy opined.
He continued, “This is being supplied almost in all the localities of GHMC, and is a common problem for all the localities located in core and peripheral areas of the Corporation.
Apart from this, the slow valves are not working properly; thereby the conservation of water does not arise, and there is no security of reservoirs, the TDP leader said.
“In the recently concluded 100 days programme too, it was decided to initiate suitable remedial measures for providing adequate pollution free drinking water for the residents of GHMC limits, but no results have been seen yet,” Mr Singi Reddy pointed out.
He also pointed out that the Chief Minister holds the post of Chairman of Water Board. “In the leadership of Chief Minister, the status of Water Board is in doldrums, as the minimum water requirement could not be provided for the survival of the common man, by the Water Board, and the water problems poses stringent objection in the society, even after several representations made by the Corporators,” the TDP leader said and requested Mr Jagadeeshwar to sanction the proposal represented by various authorities, pending at the level of Chief General Manager, General Manager.(INN)