Governor directs to ensure safe drinking water for all
Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan today directed the officials to ensure safe drinking water for all the people in the state.
At a review meeting here, the Governor also insisted on compulsory maintenance of water harvesting pits on the premises of all multi-storied residential complexes and business houses, a Raj Bhavan release said.
The Governor asked the officials to take up steps on a massive scale to recharge the ground water table.
Reacting on the presentations made by the officials, the Governor opined that all the welfare schemes were aimed at increasing the lot of the common man but a monitoring of their implementation at the grass-root level was important and that the crucial linkage was missing.
He asked the Medical and Health department officials to be on alert and to keep medicines adequately at all PHCs, particularly in tribal and remote villages to combat any water-borne diseases during the summer.
The officials of Municipal and Panchayat Raj departments gave a presentation on the status of drinking water sources and water distribution to various habitats in the State.
MA&UD Principal Secretary S K Joshi informed the Governor that all the necessary steps have been taken for the supply of safe drinking water to all citizens at 70-150 litres to every household as per the norms. In case of any need, water will be transported through tankers, he said. Under the summer action plan, repairs to hand pumps and power-managed bore-wells, repairs to static tanks were taken up, he explained. Mr Joshi said reservoir levels in Hyderabad were at 21.713 as against 39,783 FTL in TMC which was sufficient to meet the drinking water needs during this summer.
He stated that water was being supplied to every household on every alternative day in the core area of GHMC and once in 2 or 3 days for all peripheral areas. Under summer action plan, the water board has sanctioned Rs 35 lakh to each O & M division to take up repairs to electrical installations or desilting of sewer lines.
He said there were about 600 km of transmission and 7980 km of distribution of pipelines in the GHMC area with a total of over eight lakh connections. It was planned to ensure water supply round-the-clock through tankers if there was any need, he said.
The monthly revenue collection efficiency of the water board also has improved and the HMWS has collected Rs 773 crore during 2013-14, he added.
(Posted on 07-04-2014)