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Change the policy: Quench the thirst
Several developmental works in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area went on in a slow pace due to the state bifurcation issue. Many areas in the GHMC limits had to face severe sewerage, storm water clogging, drinking water and bad road problems.
It was the duty of the elected corporators to attend to such problems faced by the citizens on war footing basis through the regular official channel. But, they have totally failed. If the complaints were lodged online, the officials too dragged the matter, for the reasons known to them.

Now, the bifurcation of the State has been announced and the elections were also held. A new state to be formed as Telangana and tall promises and showers of freebies were offered through the manifestos of every party. But, during the campaign the candidates openly told the voters that, if they get elected, they will work with MLAs/MPs to address at least some of the local issues. This is what the voters are hearing from the candidates since the first elections took place in this great democracy.

Every citizen of the GHMC limits are totally dissatisfied with related Piped Drinking Water Supplies. Since more than a decade Krishna Water Project commenced and it is yet to reach the final stage.

It is the duty of the newly elected government in the Telangana to bring in amendments in the Building Rules-especially for Multi Storied ones on drinking water connection issue.

All these years the department have given permission to the builders/promoters prior to Hyderabad Building Rules-2006 to construct residential/commercial apartments in those places were the departments were yet to take up works of under ground sewerage, storm water drains, roads as well as drinking water lines.

Under various schemes the GHMC has taken up roads, sewerage, storm water drain and drinking water line works. Without asking any penny from the apartment dwellers sewerage, storm water drains and roads works were done to those MSBs. But, when it came to supply of drinking water through pipe line, the concerned department has slapped a hefty bill to avail a connection.

As per the policy, an MSB is given only one drinking water line connection to the sump of the building and connection charges are charged from each flat owner at about 20 to 25 times more than the charges collected from an individual house owner. When the concerned departments do collect hefty amounts as Permission fees, betterment charges etc from the builder/promoters of the MSBs, why do they want to charge for the drinking water connection so heavily from the flat owners/promoters/builders?

Due to dual policy of the issue, several MSBs even after decade unable to avail the drinking water connection. The private drinking water suppliers are exploiting the situation every where in the GHMC and other municipal limits.

The parties coming to power has promised to supply mineral water at a cheaper rates. They should also bring changes in the policy related to the MSBs water connection. The owners of the MSBs are prompt payers of all dues to the government departments. Their grievances should addressed on priority basis.

The owners in the MSBs do expect that, either the government should waive off the connection charges, provide necessary size connection depending upon the occupancy rate and charge as per the monthly consumption recorded in the meters or should install coin operated water purifying plant in every MSB. The government do get regular income through both of the above types of drinking water supplies.

One hope that, the new government will look into the issue and take a favourable decision and quench the thirst of the apartment residents.


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