The State Government's vision to provide appropriate water resources to the city and also in peripheral areas, villages and beyond the Outer Ring Road has been accomplished now.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) has spent a massive Rs 9,764,27 Crore on developing various projects over its limits since 2014. The HMWSSB has perhaps been most costly since the beginning of its cumulative spending over the last six years. Several reservoirs have been built, new pipelines have been developed, and existing networks of pipelines are strengthened.
In addition to services extending to peripheral areas, the maintenance of the core urban operations was given special importance. As a result, people seeking drinking water have scarcely protested in the last six years.
The city's sewage system was of equal significance in addition to ensuring clean and drinking water. HMWSSB has taken up the strengthening of water and sewerage supply, repair and installation work, including the use of water tankers, sewer fixing Airtech machines and mini-jetting systems etc. to enhance water supply and sewage services.
The government's vision for the planning and development of alternative water sources was mandated by the government, which reduced dependence on Maneejra and Osman Sagar's twin reservoirs.
Water Board Huge Funds to Facilitate Water
In the year 2014-2015 the Godavari Phase I and Krishna Phase III projects were spent capital expenditure of Rs 1,287.43 crore. In 2015-16, the amount was Rs 1,157,65. During 2016-17, and with the GDWSS PhaseI, Krishna Phase-III and the regular reinforcements, maintaining water and sewage systems, the project to provide water supply network for peripheral areas of GHMC was launched and total annual capital expenditure was Rs 2,488,51 crores.
Also, the pipeline of Ghanpur to Patancheru main transmission pipeline was taken over during the year 2017-2018 along with the ORR and a total cost of Rs 1,396.40 crores was invested in regular upgrading and maintaining work.
Proposed Keshavpuram Project
Municipal Administration and Minister for Urban Development KT Rama Rao recently stated that land acquisition was completed for the Keshavpuram reservoir and the project will soon be set up. The drinking water problem will not arise in Hyderabad until 2050, as once the reservoir is completed. The government has planned this exclusive reservoir project to meet the city's drinking water needs.
The State government focuses on fulfilling potential drinking water needs with the city's growth in all directions.
By: Shailaja K