Hyderabad: The drinking water woes of people living on the city suburbs are likely to be over soon with the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) planning to inaugurate over half a dozen new reservoirs by the end of May.
The board has taken up construction of 56 reservoirs at a cost of Rs 1,900 crore. Construction of six of these reservoirs at Hafeezpet, Hydernagar, Yellammabanda, Ayyappa Society, Snehapuri Colony and Kailasgiri has been completed while the remaining works are progressing at a brisk pace, Board Managing Director M Dana Kishore told the media here on Monday.
“The main reservoir structures in most places are nearing completion. So far, about 1,125 km of pipelines have been laid and the remaining works are under progress,” he said.
“Once the reservoirs become operational, we are expecting one lakh new connections in addition to the existing 9.20 lakh,” Kishore said. As of now, the board has received 4,000 applications and is hopeful of receiving more once water is supplied on an experimental basis.
Plans have been chalked out to complete the works before the onset of monsoon. Separate teams have already been set up to oversee the progress of works. He said water supply would also improve considerably around the city peripherals after the inauguration of the reservoirs.
“We are coordinating with GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy to restore dug up roads on a priority basis for the convenience of motorists,” he said.
Asked about depleting water levels in Nagarjunasagar, he said there was no need to worry.
“We are gearing up for any eventuality. Water was drawn using emergency pumps last year,” he said, adding that sufficient water was being drawn from Godavari, Krishna and other rivers to meet the drinking water needs of the city.