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Metro Water Board moves to quench summer thirst

Staff Reporter

Water tankers to ply round the clock; 24-hour filling stations to become operational


  • Llist of filling stations in Division I: Misrigunj, Miralam; Division II: Asmangadh, Aliabad
  • Division III: Navodaya Colony; Division IV: Boggulkunta
  • Division V: Narayanguda, Chilkalguda; Division VI: Banjara Hills, Erragadda
  • Division VII: Marredpally, Tarnaka; Division X: Vaishalinagar, NTR Nagar

    HYDERABAD: Faced with the huge demand for water and the inordinate delays in despatch of water tankers in some areas, the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board has decided to introduce round the clock supply of water through tankers. Some of the filling stations where the demand for tankers is immense will function all day and night to clear the rush. Trial runs are on for the 24-hour filling stations in some of the HMWSSB reservoirs, but full-scale operations are likely to begin on Monday.

    The water board now makes about 5,000 trips of its water tankers a day -- 2,000 free trips to slums, ill-served areas and 3,000 paid trips -- to clear the summer demand. It used to make 300-odd trips when the `Dial a Tanker' scheme was launched September last. "With rise in demand fuelled by summer, there is heavy pressure on the filling stations. It only means increased trips to slums where the consumption is more. Individual borewells going dry and the crackdown on unauthorised water suppliers has further increased the demand for our paid supplies," pointed out the Head, Metro Customer Care division, which handles the calls for tanker supplies, V.L. Praveen Kumar. With soaring demand and limited wherewithal, the task was always an uphill one. The HMWSSB has been at the receiving end from several quarters over delay in arrival of water tankers notwithstanding its assurance that supply would be made within three hours of dialling the 1916 service.

    He said heavy traffic on roads caused delays in delivery of tanker water during day and their operation tankers at night would enable them clear the long list, especially for paid trips.

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