With temperature rising in the city, the residents have been surviving on water cans.

Drinking water shortage hits Cyberabad residents struggle due to erratic supplyImage for representation
news Water Shortage Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 17:18

For the past two months, several residents in Cyberabad, especially Madhapur and Hi-Tech city have been facing a water shortage, with drinking water being supplied once in three days instead of an alternate day supply.

With temperature rising in the city, the residents have been surviving on water cans.

Raghavendar, a resident of Chanda Naik Nagar in Madhapur, says that he has been spending Rs. 1,000 a month on water cans due to the shortage of drinking water.

“For the past three days, there has been no sign of water. My weekend goes in stocking up three or four cans from the shops so that I can survive for a week. I do not get time during the week as I have work. I have given so many complaints to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) but they keep saying that the problem will resolved soon,” says Raghavendar, an IT professional. 

Since February, the HMWSSB has been receiving a minimum of 15 complaints everyday, from residents of Madhapur alone.

“I have posted on Twitter as well about the water shortage. Even water tankers come late. I have to leave all my work and wait till we receive the water from the water board,” said Bani, a resident of Hi-Tech city.

When contacted, the HMWSSB claims that there is more demand in the area than supply.

“As the population in Madhapur and Hi-Tech city has increased, the demand for water has also increased. However, there is a limited supply,” says P Venkateshwar Rao, General Manager of the area for HMWSSB. 

The HMWSSB has been laying a pipeline from Shaikpet to Madhapur to overcome the demand and supply gap.  

“We have already laid the pipeline for 5.2 km. Work on another 200 metres is left. The work is going at a very slow pace because of the heavy traffic congestion during week days. We have gotten permission to work only on weekends when the rush is comparatively less,” Venkateshwar adds. 

The HMWSSB expects the construction work to finish by the end of April.  

“Next month onwards, residents will start getting alternate day supply,” Venkeshwar said.

Another problem that plagues residents is the incessant digging of borewells in the area during summer. Due to this, the groundwater level has also come down.

“We are aware that the groundwater level has come down. Firstly it is drying up because of the heat. Secondly, it is being overused. We have been sending nearly 300 water tankers to those areas every week,” Venkateshwar added. 

 

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