land litigation wreaks havoc on water board

HYDERABAD: Improvement of water distribution network and implementation of sewerage master plan in the Rajendranagar circle of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation seems to be a distant dream for locals.

The Rs 314 crore mega project was taken up by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission a few years ago.

However, the project's main work like construction of a sewage treatment plant (STP) at Mir Alam has not even begun due to land acquisition problems.

Though the contractor of the joint venture project MEIL-BRCCPL-AIPPL is ready to execute the work, the authorities could not complete the acquisition process. The project has been proposed in five zones of Rajendranagar circle which includes construction of ground level storage reservoir (GLSR) of 23 million litres (ML) at places like Budwel (two), Golden Heights, Shastripuram and Suleman Nagar, trunk mains, sub mains, lateral sewers and construction of STPs at Attapur and Mir Alam.

The trunk mains and sub-mains have to be laid for about 25 kms, but so far only 18 kms were laid. Similarly, lateral sewer lines should be completed for 178 kms, but only 146 kms was completed.

Construction of GLSRs at various places and other works are likely to be completed by December, 2013.

The delay in completing the water supply and sewerage network issue came up during the district review committee meeting of the Rangareddy district a month ago along with the sewerage master plan for the Serilingampally circle.

HMWS&SB managing director J Shyamala Rao said, "The Serilingampally sewerage master plan, being taken up at a cost of Rs 200 crore, is getting delayed due to an ongoing vigilance probe into the master plan work, while the Rajendranagar works would be completed by 2013-end."

Source - TOI -