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Old July 12th, 2013, 08:03 AM   #341
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HYDERABAD: As water levels dipped at the Osmansagar and Himayatsagar reservoirs, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has decided to divert Krishna water to the Old City during Ramzan.

The Water Board has been supplying 22 million gallons per day (MGD) to areas covered under division-I (Goshamahal) from Himayatsagar. In view of Ramzan, another two to three MGD of water from Krishna Phase-I would be diverted to these areas. Similarly, the Water Board has been supplying 40 MGD to areas in division-II and another 20 MGD in division III and IV areas. "The water supply to divisions II, III and IV is sufficient. We are supplying extra to division-I because most of the areas in the Old City fall in this division. We will send tankers to ill-served areas and mosques," a senior HMWS&SB official told TOI. "We will take measures to ensure water supply is not affected to other areas. This arrangement will continue till Ramzan ends," he added.

So far, the HMWS&SB has received 25 petitions from mosques in the city for water tankers. (There are over 5,000 major and small mosques in the city). Already, instructions have been sent to general managers to arrange water tankers to mosques on top priority that too free of cost. Also, the water board has put a tanker exclusively at the disposal of Mecca Masjid.

"We will accept pleas through water board's metro customer care (MCC): 155313. The message will be forwarded to general managers concerned for the necessary action," the official replied.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 09:08 AM   #342
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The Water Board is considering options such as cuts to bulk consumers outside the GHMC area and rescheduling of supply timings to deal with water crisis during Ramzan and Bonalu

To cut or not to cut. The Water Board is faced with a Hamletian dilemma.

With Ramzan and Bonalu starting the situation is dicey. Though officials put up a brave face, they admit privately that things are really “critical”. Both the festivals are going to put heavy demand on water, which is in short supply.

The downpour in the last two days has brought in half a tmc water in Singur-Manjeera and some inflows in Osmansagar and Himayatsagar, but there is nothing to cheer about.

As it is, there is a shortfall of 23 million gallons of water a day (MGD), with the city’s principal reservoirs going almost dry. As against the normal supply of 340 MGD, Hyderabadis are now getting just 317 MGD.

The Board is contemplating imposing a further cut of 5 MGD to cope with the critical situation.

It is considering various options, including cuts to bulk consumers like industries outside the GHMC area. Another option before the Board is to go for rescheduling of supply timings.

Water Board Managing Director J. Syamala Rao has asked officials to come out with strategies to tide over the situation, which has worsened with practically no inflows into the reservoirs. During the last one month after monsoon set in, the inflows into the reservoirs have been negligible.

“We might have gained just four to five days of water and nothing much,” an official said.

The authorities are wary of curtailing supplies during Ramzan when demand for water goes up. In fact, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has asked the Board to ensure uninterrupted water supply from 6 a.m to 6 p.m everyday and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Eid.

The Board has also been directed to press into service 300 additional tankers during the festive month. Incidentally, this has put the Board in a piquant situation.

“There will be no further cuts during Ramzan. The same quantum of water will be supplied,” said D. Sunder Ram Reddy, CGM (Transmission).

Presently, the Board is drawing 10 MGD each from Osmansagar and Himayatsagar, but after treatment this quantum comes down to 9 MGD and 8 MGD, respectively. The levels in Singur and Manjeera have also plummeted.

Nevertheless, the authorities continue to draw 120 MGD using 17 emergency pumps. The water level at Singur is 4 TMC, and it will last till August end, officials maintained. But, they are worried about the accumulated silt, which reduces the available water by nearly 2 TMC.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 08:29 AM   #343
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HYDERABAD: For the proposed tree felling on 50-acre forest land in Ghanpur in Rangareddy district, the forest department has issued demand notices to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) to pay Rs 2.66 crore for the loss of green cover.

The Water Board had approached the forest department to allot 50-acre land for construction of a mega balancing reservoir (MBR) in Ghanpur and also lay pipelines in Karimanagar and Medak districts for the Godavari drinking water supply project.

"After Union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan cleared the file pertaining to the forest land, the forest department officials estimated the cost of the trees likely to be axed in the three districts. The forest officials sent notices to pay Rs 2.66 crore," HMWS&SB managing director J Shyamla Rao told STOI. Accordingly, the Water Board has issued orders to the Karimnagar, Medak and Rangareddy district collectors to pay the amount to local forest officials as per the demand notice issued by the forest department, he said.

"We require around 0.8 km length of forest land in Karimnagar district, another 12 km in Medak district and remaining 38 acre land in Ghanpur. The proposal of handing over forest land has been cleared. We are expecting physical possession of the land by July-end," he added.

"In lieu of the Ghanpur land, the Water Board will plant saplings at our 50-acre land in Murmur village in Karimnagar district, which we will hand over to the forest department," HMWS&SB director-projects M Satyanarayana said.

In view of delay in forest land clearance, the Water Board has proposed to construct a three million litre (ML) capacity mini cistern in Ghanpur. As the MBR might take at least one-and-half-year for completion, it will build a mini cistern. The Water Board consulted Mumbai-based Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) for the problem and they suggested five methods. We have chosen the cistern method, Satyanarayana added.

The Water Board would spend Rs 1.17 crore for the construction of the mini cistern and hopes to complete it in five months. "Water Board will use the alternate facility for the supply of Godavari water to the city till the completion of the MBR," he said. Later, the cistern would be used to supply water to the surrounding villages.

Meanwhile, the Godavari drinking water project works were progressing at a brisk pace, the official said. "So far, the Water Board has completed 137 km of 186-km pipeline. Other works like construction of service reservoirs, sub-stations and installation of transformers are in full swing. The Water Board aims to supply 172 MGD of Godavari water to the city by April 2014," the director-projects added.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 11:09 AM   #344
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Water consumers in Greater Hyderabad may have to brace themselves for severe shortage of drinking water as the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) proposes to cut drinking water supplies further up to 10 million gallons per day (MGD) this week or the next.

Though monsoon arrived a month ago and heavy to moderate rains struck the city and its surrounding areas in the last few days, the water levels in the five major reservoirs _ Osmansagar, Himayatsagar, Singur, Manjira and Akkampally (Krishna) _ have not gone up and are still alarmingly low.

Senior officials of the water board, on reviewing the water levels in the five reservoirs, felt that a further cut in water supplies would be unavaoidable. As against the normal supply of 340 MGD of water to Greater Hyderabad, the board is able to supply just up to 300 MGD. Now, this supply will be slashed by another 5 MGD to 10 MGD.

The total demand in Greater Hyderabad is about 480 MGD per day.

“We have no alternative but to cut water supplies in view of insufficient rains in catchment areas in the last one month,” senior HMWS&SB officials told Express. The impact of cut in supplies will be on bulk consumers and efforts will be made to see that domestic consumers are spared from the water cuts,” they added.

‘’we are in the middle of the monsoon season and Osmansagar lake is on the verge of drying up.

As against the 3,900 tmcft of storage capacity at the full reservoir level, the present level is about 0.047 tmcft. Last year the same day it was 0.758.
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The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has proposed rationalisation of dockets having more than 1,500 Consumer Account Numbers (CANs) in all the divisions.

In as many as 130 to 140 dockets, there are more than 1,500 CANs. In some case the dockets have more than 3,800 CANs but in majority of the cases the dockets have between 2,200 and 2,800 CANs. due to the large number of CANs, meter readers are not properly collecting the water bills resulting in losses and arrears.

In order to improve the revenues of the water board and to have better control on the docket area to the meter readers, HMWS&SB has proposed to rationalise the dockets with size limiting to 1,500 CANs per docket. As per the HMWS&SB records, it was discovered that over 130 dockets have CANs in excess of 1,500.

HMWS&SB managing director J Syamala Rao during a review meeting held recently directed the chief general manager (revenue) instructed to conduct a review meeting with the manager, ZIs, meter readers and rationalise the dockets with size being limited to 1,500 CANs through the meeting.

Whereas the general manager (IT) has been instructed to make software changes after rationalisation of the dockets and issue billing data meters readers as per the rationalised data.

Certain outsourcing billing and collection agencies representatives complained that local leaders are not allowing them to issue bills at door steps in some areas.

The agencies have been issuing bills and collecting at community halls among other places on a notified day of collection to which the managing director instructed the agencies to stop issuing bills at one place.

He instructed them to visit each and every house to check the meter reading for issuing of bills and collection as per the agreement condition. The managing director instructed the general manger (IT) to generate reports on illegal connections detected by the agencies, category conversions, oversize connections in order to initiate necessary action against offenders.
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Old July 21st, 2013, 10:55 PM   #346
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HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) will provide 'automatic meter reading' (AMR) meters to 1,318 bulk connections (non-domestic) by the end of August.

The Water Board has already communicated to Pune-basedChetas Control Systems Private Limited to supply the AMRs and fix them by the end of next month. "The Board will assess water quantity from September 1 and issue bills", a senior HMWSSB official told TOI.

Water Board officials had conducted a demonstration of an AMR meter at its office at Khairatabad on July 19 and were satisfied with its functioning. The Board aims to keep a record of water supplied to bulk consumers by fixing the AMR meters. The AMR runs on 'virtual private network' (VPN) based on 'general packet radio system' (GPRS) technology.

A mini-control room would be set up by the Pune-based firm at the Khairatabad head office to receive data from AMR meters. For this, the firm would develop a separate software. However, the firm has to supply, install, commission and undertake annual maintenance for a period of five years, the official added.

On June 29, the government had issued a GO (Rt No: 1018) sanctioning Rs 12.58 crore to install clear water meters to bulk consumers. The central government has released Rs 4.43 crore, while another Rs 2.57 crore was collected by the Water Board from 435 applicants towards AMR charges and the remaining amount would be borne by the Board from its own funds.

The municipal administration & urban development department has fixed the responsibility on the Board to initiate the 'unaccounted for water' (UFW) process to account for at least 40 million gallons per day (MGD) in the first year after launching the AMR metering system. "After observing the AMR system for a year, we may extend it to domestic consumers as well," the official replied.
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SCB to make water meters compulsory

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Old August 3rd, 2013, 10:40 AM   #349
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Drive against illegal water connections

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New pipelines to be laid from Osmansagar

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Illegal water taps to invite criminal cases

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Pumping station proposal in doldrums over funding delay

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Officials told to ensure regular water supply

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Metro Rail construction teams are by now used to hitting huge hard rocks, utility pipelines and cables while laying foundations for piers and pillars.

However, they were in for a surprise few days ago when while digging on the Public Gardens – Telugu University line and the M.J. Market stretch, they encountered a decades-old Nizam era storm water drain. The drain, which was 10-feet deep, was not detected during the soil testing phase and came to the fore only when the excavation was taken deep for laying the foundation of the Metro Rail piers.

The storm water drain was functional and water was gushing through it at considerable velocity towards Chaderghat and Musi River. Officials, however, admitted that it was difficult to ascertain the origin of the drain.

“It’s a beautiful construction. Generally, we do not expect any pipeline at such depths. No one knew about it,” said Hyderabad Metro Rail managing director N.V.S. Reddy.

He pointed out that neither the GHMC nor the Water Board (HMWSSB) had any maps or drawings to show the existence of such a drain. The water might be flowing in from near the tracks adjacent to the Nampally railway station, which gets flooded during heavy rain, Mr. Reddy reckons.

The drain was also built in such a manner that the water flow was contained within the series of curves and could have been connected to underground storm drains with links to Lakdikapul and Masab Tank, officials said.

The challenge for the engineers of HMR and the concessionaire L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) would be to now build piers foundations in such a manner that they either circumvent the storm water drains altogether, by building an parallel pipeline of three metre-diameter or more.
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