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Water Board ready to spend Rs. 100 crore to provide water

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The Hindu        09.06.2017   

Water Board ready to spend Rs. 100 crore to provide water

Construction of silt chambers made mandatory

Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) is ready to spend even Rs. 100 crore to provide regular drinking piped water supply to un-served areas like slums in the core city, said Managing Director M. Dana Kishore.

At a meeting with his senior officials in the Board head office, he was surprised that there were many un-served areas and dependent on tankers supply. Henceforth, new water supply lines would be laid in such areas and tankers supply would be halted, he said on Wednesday.

Initially, alternate day supply would be started and in short span, the decision of the Government to provide daily water supply would also be started, he affirmed and called for reduction of supply through tankers in the coming six months as these should be for commercial purposes only.

Mr. Kishore was confident that regular complaints of pollution, sewerage overflows, chokages should be reduced drastically with the introduction of Jetting Machines (mini air-tech).


It would also bring down the operations and maintenance expenditure once the managers concerned chalk out a daily programme for using these machines in small lanes only and a log book should be maintained on movement of these vehicles.

The MD reiterated that construction of silt chambers was mandatory for new water supply/sewerage connections and wanted at least 40 silt chambers per month in each division.

And, those already constructed should be geo-tagged within a few days.

 

BMC took 19 days to tackle water contamination plaints

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The Times of India         12.04.2017 

BMC took 19 days to tackle water contamination plaints

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MUMBAI: The BMC, which is the country's richest civic body with a budget of around Rs 25,000 crore, took 19 days on average last year to resolve a complaint, revealed a study released by the NGO Praja on Tuesday. In 2015, civic officials needed a fortnight to redress grievances.

Despite the considerable resources at its disposal, the civic body seems to be cutting a sorry figure with the number of civic complaints rising by 32% from 2015 to 2016. The NGO's study found that out of the total 81,555 complaints received in 2016, action was not taken in 42% cases.

Another finding was that in L ward (Kurla, Sakinaka), which saw the highest number of civic complaints (7,498), action was taken in 53% cases and only 29% plaints were convincingly resolved. Meanwhile plans are afoot, to carve out a new ward out of the existing L ward in an attempt to provide better civic services.

Populous areas in the western suburbs were also at the receiving end of civic apathy. In 2016, K West (Andheri, Oshiwara, Versova) and K East (Jogeshwari) wards witnessed 6,374 and 5,901 complaints. While roads get a lion's share of civic funds, Mumbaikars are unhappy with the city's motorways. In 2016, as many as 13,475 complaints were received in connection with Mumbai's roads. Citizens have also a gripe with crumbling drainage networks and deteriorating management of solid waste and water supply. However, there has been a gradual decrease in the total number of complaints registered in connection with pockmarked roads; from 27% in 2014, the grievances fell to 20% in 2015 and 17% last year. Nitai Mehta, founder and managing trustee of NGO Praja Foundation, pointed that there is no effective tool for Mumbaikars to complain about the condition of roads that has led to a drop in the number of complaints.

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"When the 'voice of citizen' app was active, there was a rise in complaints. However, after the app was discontined in November 2015, the number of complaints dropped," said Mehta.

Activists said things on ground were much worse than what has the report had indicated. Nikhil Desai, an activist from King's Circle, said, "Two of my complaints are pending with the BMC since last six months."
 

Water supply, usage to be curbed in city

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The Hindu         07.04.2017 

Water supply, usage to be curbed in city

Pumping of water to be reduced by half between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

City residents would be facing a major shortage of water with the government stepping in to impose serious curbs on water supply so that the available water can be stretched over the summer months.

The acute shortage of water in Peppara dam has forced the government to take immediate steps to impose at least 25% restriction in the usage of water, Water Resources Minister Mathew T. Thomas announced here on Thursday.

Pumping of water will be reduced by half between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. At night, water distribution to low-lying areas will be controlled using valves so that more water can reach areas uphill.

No new water connections will be given till the next monsoon. All non-domestic consumers of water with over two lakh litres monthly consumption will be asked to reduce their usage by half, Mr. Thomas said

He said that the available water at Peppara dam will suffice only till May 18. Water usage has to be brought down by at least 25% if the available water is to be stretched over May 25.

Monitoring squads

A permanent team of the Kerala Water Authority is being put in place for controlling the valves in each section. Five squads of KWA for monitoring and preventing water theft and misuse of water is also being set up at the sub-division level.

Directions are being given to all heads of government institutions and department heads to ensure that the water valves on their premises are kept closed after office hours and on holidays so that there is no loss of water due to leakage.

Treated and purified water will not be allowed to be used for construction or non-drinking purposes. For non-domestic usage, recycled water from Muttathara sewage plant can be made available free of cost, Mr. Thomas said.

A help desk and control room is being set up to address consumer issues. A toll-free number, 1800 4255 313, has been set up which the consumers can call to redress any complaints regarding water supply, pipe bursts or water leakage . The public should understand the current situation of water shortage and cooperate with the authorities by restricting their water usage, Mr. Thomas said.

Meanwhile, the government is also contemplating a major project to ensure 24-hour water supply in all Corporations in the State. A second round of discussions with Asian Development Bank is being planned in this regard next week. Under the project, Neyyar river has been identified as the major source for meeting the water requirements of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation

Central team visit

With the Centre declaring eight States as drought-hit, a Central team will be visiting the State from April 18, he added.

 
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