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Water board MD promises adequate supply in summer

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Thanks to the bountiful of rainfall received last monsoon, this summer promises to be relatively thirst-free. With all the city's water sources brimming to capacity, the city will not experience any water supply shortage, HMWSSB Managing Director M. Jagadeeshwar said.

The city's primary water supply sources Osmansagar, Himayatsagar and Singur Dam and Manjira barrage are currently full.

“All arrangements have been made to supply 340 mgd water per day,” Mr. Jagadeeshwar told journalists at a press conference on Friday. However, with population exploding in the GHMC area, the current requirement stands at 459 mgd water per day.

“I have a glass of water. The same glass of water, I [will] have to distribute to all the people. I don't have additional water,” he asserted. It also means that the areas undergoing water shortage will continue to experience the problem whereas those areas where the water supply is “satisfactory” will be better off. To ensure non-interruption of services, HMWSSB officials have written to electricity transmission authorities requesting them to ensure continuous power supply so that its operations are not affected.

Also, the ongoing boycott of duties by government staff owing allegiance to separate Telangana cause has so far not affected the Board's functioning, Mr. Jagadeeshwar said. “All our systems are so far in place,” he said. The recent disconnection drive carried out by HMWSSB authorities has borne fruit with about 45,000 consumers settling their dues just over the last 15 days. The Board had penalised about 500 defaulting consumers during the drive.

Criminal cases would be filed on them as it is tantamount to stealing public property (water theft), Mr. Jagadeeshwar pointed out.

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