Karimnagar: In a major breakthrough, the State government has decided to kick start its plan to supply 24-hour water to residents of all municipal corporations. The project will start from from Karimnagar Municipal Corporation and later would be taken up in five other corporations by interlining Mission Bhagiratha pipelines.
Information Technology and Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao along with Finance and Civil Supplies Minister Etela Rajender conducted a review meeting with the officials of municipality, rural water supply and other departments at Collectorate Conference Hall here on Saturday.
Disclosing details of the review meeting, the Municipal Administration Minister said that the government had decided to start 24×7 water supply schemes from Karimnagar since every programme started from the district achieved great success. Even TRS party’s ‘Simha Garjana’ was started from here, he said.
Though there were 73 urban local bodies, except GHMC, water supply programme would be taken up in five corporations including Ramagundam, Nizamabad, Warangal, and Khammam.
With a view to prepare the government machinery to achieve the task within two years, they conducted a review meeting with officials to discuss on the action plan.
Representatives of Academic Staff College of India and Nagpur-based Vishwar, which plays a vital role in implementation of 24-hour water supply scheme in Maharashtra, were also invited for the review meeting. ASCI, which was providing technical support for the scheme, acted as consultant for the programme, he informed.
Informing that about Rs 130 crore to Rs 180 crore are required for the scheme, the Minister said that 315 km pipeline had to be laid and old pipelines would be replaced with new RCC and AC pipelines.
Admitting that people were facing trouble due to non-completion of underground drainage works, he said that there would be problems if the drainage water comes on to roads.
Stating that some of the low laying areas would be filled with drain water if there was a small drizzle, KTR said besides upgrading storm water drains, all encroachments on nalas would be removed. For this, he said that corporators and people should extend cooperation to officials. Sewerage water treatment plants should also be constructed, he added.
All street lights would be replaced with LED lamps in 15 days, he said. When asked about construction of overhead tanks, KTR said RWS officials were asked to submit a report in 30 days. He asked the Mayor to complete 9,000 pending tap connections. There were 40 non-revenue water (NRW) connections, he said and asked the people to pay water bills in a transparent manner.