There is a water emergency in Hyderabad, with four major reservoirs that supply drinking water to the capital city bone dry for the first time in 30 years, says Telangana’s minister for municipal administration KT Rama Rao.
Amid a deadly heat wave and the state’s third successive drought, the shortage is so severe that people in many areas of Hyderabad are now getting water in their homes only on alternate days. The situation is far worse in the villages of Telangana, where drinking water has to be fetched from long distances.
with the Singur, Manjeera, Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar reservoirs dry, there is now a gap of 47 per cent between demand for water and supply in hyderabad city, which touched a maximum temperature of 43 degree Celsius this month.
KTR Said Hyderabad needs 660 million gallons of water every day, but the administration is able to supply it with only 335 million gallons. Water is being fetched from the Godavari and Krishna rivers, almost 200 km away, the minister said, pinning his hopes on the promise of an early and strong monsoon.
The government has sanctioned 60 crore rupees for Hyderabad under municipal corporation and 70 crore rupees for the rest of Telangana to transport water to areas where scarcity is reported.