Wa­ter con­nec­tion to get costlier for city out­skirts

■ 12 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, 190 vil­lages will have to pay charges as col­lected from the core city

Deccan Chronicle - - City - MADDY DEEKSHITH | DC

Get­ting a tap wa­ter con­nec­tion will get costlier for res­i­dents liv­ing in pe­riph­eral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and

190 habi­ta­tions within the outer ring road (ORR). They will be­gin pay­ing rates which are levied in the core city area.

For res­i­dents in LB Na­gar, Gad­di­an­naram, Up­pal, Malka­j­giri, Kapra, Al­wal, Qu­tubul­la­pur, Kukat­pally, Ser­ilingam­pally, Ra­jen­drana­gar, Ra­machan­dra­pu­ram and Patancheru, the price of a new wa­ter con­nec­tion will range from `2,500 to `15 lakh based on the area of the plot.

This will af­fect 10 lakh fam­i­lies once the Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (Hudco) and ur­ban Mis­sion Bha­gi­ratha are com­pleted. The wa­ter board has al­ready brought

6,000 con­sumers into HMWS&SB’s rev­enue net.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the wa­ter board sup­plies bulk (tanker) wa­ter to the 12 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. The board charges `500 per tanker of 5,000 litres, which serves the drink­ing wa­ter needs of a max­i­mum of 24 flats.

The HMWSSB sup­plies wa­ter ev­ery al­ter­nate day and the tanker cost is shared among res­i­dents which would be `312.5 per month. The HMWSSB has re­cently taken over sup­ply­ing wa­ter from the Ru­ral Wa­ter Sup­ply (RWS) depart­ment and is sup­ply­ing drink­ing wa­ter to 190 vil­lages within ORR lim­its. Sources said that only nom­i­nal charges of around `100-150 have been col­lected from vil­lagers based on their con­sump­tion. They said with both ur­ban Mis­sion Bha­gi­ratha and Hudco works are near­ing com­ple­tion, and res­i­dents liv­ing in pe­riph­eral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and habi­ta­tions within the ORR must be pre­pared to pay heavy charges for their tap wa­ter con­nec­tion.

Ear­lier, the wa­ter board had taken on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing wa­ter to pe­riph­eral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties by con­struct­ing 56 reser­voirs with dis­tri­bu­tion net­works at an es­ti­mated cost of `1,900 crore, of which 1,400 crore would be pro­vided by Hudco and

`400 would be borne by the state gov­ern­ment. How­ever, the gov­ern­ment later de­cided to ex­tend the project to ORR vil­lages, and un­der­took `738 crore works un­der ur­ban Mis­sion Bha­gi­ratha where

183 reser­voirs and dis­tri­bu­tion net­work would be laid to pro­vide drink­ing wa­ter to 190 vil­lages by lay­ing 2,000 km of pipe­line for both projects.

Against this back­drop, the HMWS&SB has de­cided to col­lect the same charges from the 12 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and 190 vil­lages as col­lected in the core city. A se­nior wa­ter board of­fi­cial said that like ‘one na­tion one tax’ the wa­ter con­nec­tion charges will be uni­form within ORR lim­its. He said that the wa­ter board can­not dis­crim­i­nate be­tween core city res­i­dents and res­i­dents liv­ing on the out­skirts and HMWS&SB has al­ready given 6000 con­nec­tions within ORR lim­its. The of­fi­cial also said that the wa­ter board would im­me­di­ately pro­vide wa­ter con­nec­tions after com­ple­tion of ur­ban Mis­sion Bha­gi­ratha and Hudco works. “We have al­ready asked the lo­cal bod­ies to find out the num­ber of con­nec­tions re­quired in a par­tic­u­lar area and sub­mit the same to the HMWS&SB to pro­vide wa­ter con­nec­tion,” he added.

The of­fi­cial said the wa­ter con­nec­tion charges would vary from `2,500 to `15 lakh based on the area and na­ture of con­struc­tion.

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