In the view of the heavy rainfall in Telangana, Hyderabad, K.T. Rama Rao, the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister of Telangana, directed officials to conduct, drinking water quality test.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) as per the directions obtained 10,400 samples of drinking water and conducted water quality tests in the last 24 hours.
The decision to conduct these tests were taken so every household gets clean and pollution free water in the State.
HMWSSB is taking up the work at a cost of Rs.1.20 crores, following Mr. Rao’s orders to speed up the reconstruction and repair of damaged water and sewer lines.
In addition, the Telangana Government also distributed drinking water cans and water sachets in all areas impacted by rain.
Households are called upon to clear and sanitise all the water contained in sumps and tanks with bleaching powder.
The government officials also distributed chlorine tabs as a precautionary measure in drinking water to prevent any water borne diseases.
M. Dana Kishore, the Managing Director (MD) of HMWSSB) said, 700 additional staff were deployed during a teleconference with officials to tackle sewer choking at the customer’s premises and answer other complaints.
In addition, the officials were given orders to repair overflowing manholes on roads and settlements on a priority basis. Officials were directed to ensure that masks, gloves and helmets and other protective equipment were worn by all sanitary staff while working.
HMWSSB has produced proposals for cleaning and minor repairs to tanks at a cost of Rs.50 lakhs.
Besides this an amount of Rs. 5 lakh was approved by each General Manager to clean up reservoirs within the limits of the Outer Ring Road.
Telangana repair work and rescue operation due to the heavy rainfall is still underway.
Stay tuned for further updates.