HYDERABAD: Works pertaining to the Godavari drinking water project phase-I on defence land (an abandoned CRPF firing range) at Kowkur, about 25 kms away from the city, are progressing at a brisk pace. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) hopes to supply at least 80 million gallons of water per day (MGD) to the city from December.

In September, the ministry of defence (MoD) had given clearance to the HMWS&SB proposal to begin pipeline works on the defence land at Kowkur. The MoD took nearly three years to clear the proposal, which was moved by the water board to acquire defence land for the Godavari project.

Though the defence authorities were yet to grant written permission to commence work, the HMWS&SB, in view of the urgency in completion of pipeline works to supply Godavari water to the city by December, got the green signal from the local defence/army officials, who are the custodians of the abandoned firing range, to begin work.

“To get licence deed from the Defence Estates Office, it may take at least two months, but we have requested the local army officials to let us begin work as the Telangana government aims to supply Godavari water to the city by December. Accordingly, they permitted us to begin works. Earth excavation work will be completed in a day or two,” HMWS&SB director (projects-II), M Konda Reddy, told TOI.

“Simultaneously, we began laying trunk main pipeline wherever earth excavation work was completed in the 1.25 km defence land. We hope to complete pipeline work by November-end,” he said.

“Once the pipeline work at Kowkur is completed, then the Godavari water will reach Sainikpuri reservoir. After treating raw water and chlorination, the potable water will be supplied to the city,” HMWS&SB deputy general manager (E), Projects Circle no 7 and in-charge of pipeline works at Defence land, Vasa Satyanarayana said.

Initially, the water board would supply 80 MGD from December and remaining 92 MGD from February/March.

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Source: TOI-Hyd