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No problem for drinking water in this current summer season: Chief Secretary

HYDERABAD, MARCH 26, 2024: Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari has reiterated that there is no problem for drinking water in the current summer season as there is sufficient water available in the three main reservoirs in the state this year.

At a video conference with the district Collectors on Tuesday, the Chief Secretary took stock of the prevailing drinking water situation in the respective districts. Stating that the government had formulated ‘summer action plan’ to address the drinking water problem in the state by releasing the funds, she said that  while the flushing of bore wells and repairs of pipes have already been completed and the collectors were advised to correct the management errors immediately and pay special attention to ensure continuous water supply.

She directed the Collectors to hold a teleconference with the concerned field level officials and nodal officials on drinking water supply in villages and towns every day. She directed that special measures should be taken to ensure that all the works sanctioned as part of the summer action plan are completed on time duly paying special attention on operation and maintenance.

She cautioned that while some states are facing severe drinking water shortage and attempts were being made to publish similar type of news stories in our state as well.  However, despite the lack of sufficient rainfall in the state this time, there is no need to worry as the water levels in the main reservoirs, SRSP, Sripada Yellampalli and Nagarjuna Sagar are the same as last year. However, the Collectors were also directed to make alternative arrangements.  She said that in some municipalities and villages there were administrative deficiencies and these deficiencies were resolved immediately. She asked the collectors to respond to news items on water issues appearing on various media and take action immediately.

The CS informed that after the second week of April, emergency pumping from the reservoirs will be undertaken. Water Board officials said that there is sufficient supply of water in Hyderabad, but the demand due to commercial needs is high. Municipal and Urban Development Department Principal Secretary M Dana Kishore, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development Department Principal Secretary Sandeep Kumar Sultania, Municipal Department Director Divya, Water Board MD Sudarshan Reddy and other officials attended the video conference.



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