Even after the reservoirs reached full tank level due to incessant rains there is no end to the water woes of the residents of the Secunderabad Cantonment.
Surprisingly, 40% residential areas in the Cantonment are suffering due to unscheduled water supply. Only 60% areas are getting potable water three to four days a week.
Despite getting water supply from the Hyderabad Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) on par with other parts of the city, the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) is not able to provide enough water to its residents. SCB receives around 45 to 50 lakh gallons of Godavari water every day. However, due to poor infrastructure, water supply is not reaching several weaker section colonies in the Cantonment. “Even though there are heavy rains this year and all the tanks and reservoirs are full, we are still not getting enough water. It is as if we are still in the summer season. There is no improvement in the water supply schedule. SCB officials and elected members are least bothered about our problems,” said N Shobhita Rani, a resident of Bowenpally
Another resident, Vamshidhar of Kharkhana blamed it on official apathy. “Despite paying bills promptly, water supply is pathetic in our area,” said Vamshidhar. A member of Trimulgherry resident welfare association said, “As the SCB polls are just four months away, ward members are trying their best to impress the electorate. Instead of improving water supply they are promising to revise the water tariff.” When TOI contacted SCB water wing superintendent, S Raj Kumar said, “There is no water problem in Cantonment areas. We are distributing water equally to all the areas. The fact that tanker demand has come down indicates that water supply has improved.”
This article has not been edited by Water Today staff and is sourced from The Times of India