The crisis between the bifurcated states Telangana and Andhra Pradesh over drinking water rises day-by-day and there are chances that this crisis would leave joint Capital Hyderabad thirsty soon. 92 Lakh people in the capital city will have to face the brunt of water crisis if the same is not solved before December.
Officials on both sides of the divide catches that the supply of drinking water to Greater Hyderabad from the river Krishna would be halted from January 2015 if the two states don’t push themselves from their stand over the release of water from Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar reservoirs.
Hyderabadad requires 510 million gallion daily to fulfill its need while Hyderabad Metro Water and Sewerage Board claims to supply about 345 million gallons daily but the factual supply after removing leakage and transmission wastages from the account, only 320 million gallons daily are supplied.
60 percent of water requirements of the city is fulfilled by Krishna Water Project (phase I & II). Water from Nagarjunsagar reservoir is lifted by pumps at Alimineti Madhava Reddy Project (AMRP) in Puttangadi and stored at the Akkampally balancing reservoir from where it reaches Hyderabad. Explaining about the matter, G Adiseshu, Advisor, AP Genco said, “The pumps at AMRP are designed in such a way that they can lift water from Nagarjunasagar only when the water is above 510 feet. Therefore, maintaining that level at the dam is necessary for the Krishna drinking water to reach Hyderabad”.
The other sources are Osmansagar (24 MGD), Himayatsagar (16 MGD), Singur (75 MGD) and Manjeera (45 MGD).