On Tuesday S. Keshav Reddy the Secunderabad Cantonment Board ward number two member and owning affiliation to Telangana Rastra Samithi took over as the new vice-president. He will hold the post for two years before TRS decides on another ward member.
To secure his support in resolving the area’s perennial water woes the TRS party’s ward members met Finance Minister Etela Rajender. The members asked for Rs. 25 crore from the government to revamp the Cantonment’s infrastructure which is related to water supply, including pumping and distribution network.
The Finance Minister had suggested release of funds in a phased manner starting with Rs. 10 crore or Rs. 15 crore.
One of the members, who attended the meeting said, “He wanted us to return with a plan of action before funds can be given”.
The members also told the finance minister about water dues the SCB owes to Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB).
Recently HMWSSB announced that the Cantonment owes Rs. 20 crore.
To address the matter a meeting between SCB, Water Board and Telangana State government will be held soon.