With the Water Board trapped in a dilemma as it is, the remittance of heavy power bills amounting to Rs 260 crore drove it to further predicament with the result the staff salaries has become another burden. Will they get pay as scheduled is the question going rounds in the department and less said the better about its administration.
Power charges for the board has been going up apart from the weight due to water pumping under Krishna phase three. Even pumping the water through motors at Osman and Himayat sagar tanks has become costly for the board. To some extent gravitational flow at both the reservoirs saved the board.
In all, nine pumping stations are in progress. From Manjira and Singur five pumping stations supply 120 mgd water while four pumping stations supply Krishna waters. In addition to this load, 135 small pumping stations on the outskirts consume power for 20 hours.
Power supply is a must for supply of water from kodandapur reservoir. Further, Godavari water supply to the city is in the offing. That would be another blow to it. On the whole power tariff has turned out to be a major problem for the water board.