Hyderabad, June 8

TWIN city residents can expect the unexpected 24-hour drinking water supply by 2008 if the plans of Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) go well.

The board has launched a pilot project in Kukatpally, providing round-the-clock supply. The lessons learnt from this experiment would be used to expand the scheme to the entire State, officials told Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at a review meeting.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to prepare a comprehensive plan to ensure 24-hour drinking water supply to the State capital in the next three years.

Reviewing the board programmes on Wednesday, he asked officials to take up the Godavari drinking water supply project immediately. The first phase targeted a capacity of 180 MGD (million gallons a day).

The second phase of the Rs 1,082-crore Krishna Drinking Water Supply Project, which was currently grounded, would be completed in nine months, a Government release said.

Mr Reddy also asked municipal and urban development officials to take up similar projects in municipalities to ensure drinking water supply round the clock.

He asked officials to seriously work on the conservation of Musi River by completing all the four proposed sewerage treatment plants at Amberpet, Nagole, Nallacheruvu and Attapur.

The officials informed him that MWH India Private Limited would prepare a master plan by August to set up sewerage facilities in municipalities around the city. Preliminary estimates for the project stood at Rs 1,300 crore and it is expected to meet the city's water needs till 2031.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated June 9, 2005)
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