New civic body to tackle water crisis

New civic body to tackle water crisis
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In the wake of severe drinking water scarcity lurking in the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) area this summer, the administration has come with an action plan to quench the thirst of the denizens. The good news is that the households, which hitherto were getting drinking water supplies once in three days, will now get every alternate day, starting from Ugadi festival, i.e., April 8. 

Warangal: In the wake of severe drinking water scarcity lurking in the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) area this summer, the administration has come with an action plan to quench the thirst of the denizens. The good news is that the households, which hitherto were getting drinking water supplies once in three days, will now get every alternate day, starting from Ugadi festival, i.e., April 8.

Thanks to the war-footing efforts of the government for making arrangements to draw Godavari river water through Devadula Lift Irrigation Scheme. The GWMC, which has earmarked Rs 20 crore for the pumping of water from Godavari, has also decided to take up flushing and repairing of borewells and pumping motors in its area.

The other major decision taken by the administration is to deploy a water tanker each in all 42 merged villages of the Corporation. These tankers will collect water from nearby private borewells and agriculture wells and supply it to the villagers. It was also decided to make available a generator each in every village for pumping of water in case of power failure.

With funds being no constraint, which the government was reiterating repeatedly, the authorities have decided to hire the private borewells and agriculture wells to ensure hassle-free supply of drinking water. The three filter beds – Desaipet, Waddepally and the one adjacent to Kakatiya University Campus – will be monitored by three Deputy Engineer level officials on day to day basis.

The above action plan will be in place until June 10. Speaking to The Hans India, Mayor Nannapuneni Narender said: “With arrangements in place to draw about 200 Million Cubic Feet (MCFT) from the Godavari, the denizens will get water every alternate day. This apart, we have decided to establish an Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) fuel outlet on the Corporation office premises.

This would not only ensure the Corporation to earn around Rs 1 crore per annum but also ensures hassle-free fuel supply to the vehicles of the civic body.” As of now, the Corporation is spending about Rs 20 lakh per month to fuel its vehicles, he added, stating that the fuel station would help in bringing transparency in the expenditure. This apart, the Corporation will get Rs 90,000 a month rent from the IOC Company for facilitating the fuel outlet on its land.

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