Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) is gearing up to handle the operation and maintenance of sewerage network in the peripheral municipalities from March 1. To this effect, the HMWS&SB is hiring additional manpower and working to deploy more machinery, if required to ensure effective service.
Earlier, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) used to maintain the sewerage system in the peripheral municipalities that were clubbed with the municipal corporation limits. Now, with HMWS&SB taking over the maintenance of sewerage network system, it is in the process of hiring 266 unskilled and 66 skilled workers to take up the sewer line maintenance.
The sewer line network is spread over 3,500 kms with more than 3.5 lakh manholes in the peripheral areas and to ensure effective maintenance, there is a need for an additional manpower of nearly 700 workers. Initially, about 320 workers are being hired and they will be joining duties from March 1, said a senior official from Water Board.
Apart from manpower, measures are being taken to deploy additional machinery, if required in the areas. The GHMC will be handing over 29 jetting machines and 66 mini jetting machines to HMWSSB for taking up the maintenance and for the initial five years, will extend Rs 8.3 crore towards monthly expenditure to water board.
At present, HMWS&SB limits covers seven divisions and 43 sections in the fringe areas and to begin with, the Board will be training workers on the sewerage maintenance aspects, said the official.
In addition this, all the required equipment will be distributed to the workers. For further coordination, HMWS&SB Operation Directors will coordinate with respective GHMC Deputy Commissioners for taking up the work effectively.
The move to handover the sewerage system maintenance in the peripheral areas to the Water Board was taken after complaints from residents and elected public representatives over poor sewerage maintenance system in the 66 wards in the fringe municipalities.