In a welcome relief for the residents of Hyderabad, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) is going to provide one lakh new water connections.
Nearly 60,000 and 70,000 of those connections will reportedly be provided during April this year.
On Monday, HMWSSB Managing Director, M Dana Kishore reviewed the Urban Mission Bhagiratha scheme, which will be providing one lakh new connections in surrounding municipalities.
The water supply board has taken a loan of Rs.1900 crore from HUDCO (Housing and Urban Development Corporation) for the project.
According to The Hindu, as many as 12 reservoirs are getting ready in the month of April, while 15 more have been scheduled for next month.
Meanwhile, 1800-kilometre length new pipelines have been laid for this purpose.
It was reported that the board has also proposed to replace two lakh connections under the scheme.
On a trail basis, HMWSSB has already undertaken Urban Mission Bhagiratha at Autonagar and Nadigadda Tanda.
The New Indian Express report said that under the same project, a kiosk, equipped with computers, scanners and a cash counter, will soon be made available in the areas to receive applications and sanction tap connection to consumers on the spot.
Meanwhile a helpdesk will be set up at the kiosk for immediate assistance and guidance to consumers.
Self-Help-Group members from MEPMA will conduct awareness campaign in the localities about the new connection and scheme.
He also informed that below poverty line (BPL) families will have to pay Rs.1 for a connection, while others will need to pay the normal connection charges.