State Water Grid Will be Divided into 26 Segments, Says Minister

The state government will bring in an ordinance to legitimise the proposed water grid enabling it to have the Right of Way (RoW) and Right of Use (RoU) to lay pipelines and transmission lines, panchayat raj and IT minister KT Rama Rao has said.

In order to bring together different departments in executing the project as per the set deadlines, a high-level review meeting was held with rural water supply, forest, irrigation,revenue officials among others under the chairmanship of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao here on Sunday.

The entire water grid will be divided into 26 segments and 29 intake wells will be constructed for the sake of execution of the project. Besides, 56 water treatment plants and substations will come up in all segments.

Once finished, the water grid would link all rural areas, municipalities and corporations in the state, save for GHMC, with perennial water sources (Krishna and Godavari), he said.

According to the preliminary plans chalked out, the government has planned to provide 100 litres per person per day in rural areas and 135 litres in municipalities and 150 litres in municipal corporation limits across the state.

Except for Hyderabad, the treated water will be supplied to all municipalities in bulk which would be later distributed to houses by the respective municipalities. Depending on their requirements even industries can draw from the same after arriving at a pre-meditated price, he added.

Meanwhile, the minister said efforts would be made to stabilise the Osmansagar and Nizamsagar to meet the drinking water needs in and around Hyderabad city.

He pointed out that due to practical difficulties, in terms of topography, six Assembly constituencies would not be covered under the project, namely: Station Ghanpur, Jangaon, Gajwel, Siddipet, Aler and Palakurthi. “To address the problem, a share of water reaching Hyderabad from its sources would be diverted to these constituencies,” he added.

Besides, he said, the project would use supervisory control and data acquisition(SCADA), a cutting-edge technology, to monitor the ongoing works without leaving any scope for delay in executing the project. The ambitious project would be launched soon by the chief minister at Munugodu in Nalgonda district, which is the worst-affected by fluorosis, Rama Rao said.

Source: The New Indian Express

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