In Manikonda, new water pipeline were set to carry water to over 2,000 residents of the Secretariat Colony on the city’s outskirts, the pipe lines have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rats.
Residents are complaining as drain water lying stagnant and from past six months the pipelines pass as digging work has been left unfinished.
One resident, R. Pratap Narayan said “These pipelines, for drinking water, were laid about six months ago and were scheduled to be operational by May. But the condition of these new pipelines today is a sorry sight. The ends of these pipelines are not covered and most of the pipes are submerged in stagnant drain water. Drainage water has entered these pipelines and mosquitoes and rats are breeding in them.”
Another resident of the colony said, “If the concerned department is not willing to complete the work within the stipulated time, it should have at least ensured the dug up area is covered. That will even prevent motorists from falling into it.”
When contacted, director (operations), Water Board, G. Rameshwar Rao said “Yes, the work is incomplete. However, we will look into the issue and check if the drainage water is entering the pipelines.”