CM directs 24x7 water supply in twin cities

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Hyderabad, Nov 24 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today directed the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewage Board (HMWSSB) to take steps for providing daily water supply to all households in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits by July 2008.

According to an official release here, while reviewing the functioning of the GHMC and HMWSSB with officials and ministers here, Dr Reddy had given a direction for ensuring a 'definite source' of drinking water to the city-dwellers within 16 months.

He also directed the officials to provide water supply to all households, including those in the peripheral areas, at Rs 1,200 per connection.

The Chief Minister, prioritising sanitation in the GHMC area, directed the zonal commissioners to implement door-to-door garbage collection system and neutralise potential mosquito breeding sources by the end of February 2008.

He was particular about decentralisation of works in the GHMC zones and directed GHMC Commissioner C V S K Sharma that except policy making and supervision, all other works should be distributed among the five zonal commissioners.

Dr Reddy said surfacing of all the damaged roads would be completed by December end.

According to the officials, the works on Metro Rail Project would begin from May, 2008, for which the necessary land aquisition was going on.

He also reviewed the employment programme for the poor in the city areas.

Reviewing Indira Kranthi Patham and Housing in GHMC areas, the Chief Minister wanted to give top priority to all the hut-dwellers and those living on encroached lands. A 'slum development programme' would also be taken up, he said.

An action plan was drawn for covering 15,000 units under Self-Help Groups and for providing Rs 100 crore bank linkage to 10,000 such units till March 2008, the officials said.

UNI

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