GHMC will discontinue the free water tanker supply to the peripheral areas of Greater Hyderabad from December 31. Some corporates are accused of misusing these free tankers.
GHMC supplies 325 to 350 free water tankers daily to the Kukatpally, Uppal, Kapra, LB Nagar, Malkajgiri, Alwal, Gadiyanaram, Patancheru, and Kutuballapur peripheral circles.
In September this year, such arrangements would be put off from December 31, according to an agreement reached between GHMC and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS & SB).
GHMC wrote a letter to Water Board managing director M Dana Kishore. About the decision to discontinue free water tanker supplies to city suburbs from the end of this month. Currently, the water board is supplying drinking water to these peripheral areas and within the R Tur Ring Road (ORR) limits.
GHMC officials allege that local corporates diverted free water tankers for other commercial purposes in accordance with tanker operators and authorities. GHMC plans to suspend the supply of free water tankers from September.
However, many corporators have opposed the move and have pressed Mayor Bondu Rammohan and GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar to stop the proposal. The mayor has decided to extend the facility to three months (December 31, 2019). Officials told Express that GHMC free water tankers will no longer fly in the city’s suburbs from the end of this month.
Distribution system strengthened
Officials said that the water distribution system in the peripheral circles of LB Nagar, Gadiyaniranam, Kukatpally, Kapra, Kutbulapur, Alwal, Malkajgiri, Uppal, Rajendranagar, Serilingampally, and Patancheru has been strengthened with the financial assistance of Rs 1,900 crore.