The fight for water for drinking purposes and agriculture has began with the onset of summer.
The health minister and Hyderabad city MLA, Mr Danam Nagender, has assured drinking water supply to Greater Hyderabad, without any cuts this summer, from Singur in Medak district, while the Narsapur Congress MLA, Ms Sunita Laxma Reddy, wanted a part of the water from Singur to be released to about 30,000 acres of land in Narsapur to save crops.
The matter was taken to the minister for major irrigation, Mr Ponnala Laxmaiah, who wanted to thrash out the issue with the concerned ministers and MLAs including the minister for municipal administration, Mr Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, Mr Nagender, Ms Sunita Laxma Reddy and others. But, the meeting could not be concluded.
However, Mr Laxmaiah said that it was but natural that priority would be given to water for drinking purposes. “We certainly understand the anxiety of farmers, but priority in distribution of water is always given to drinking purposes. Singur is the main source of water to Hyderabad city,” he said.
He also said that the existing capacity was enough to meet the drinking water needs of the city till June.
“We are supplying 330 million gallons per day from Singur, Krishna Phase 1 and II, Manjeera, Osmansagar and Himayatsagar and this supply will continue,” he said, and denied that there was a water crisis.
Asked if the existing daily water supply would be continued or whether it would be shifted back to alternate days, the minister said no decision has been taken in this regard.
Mr Laxmaiah also said the government would float global tenders for the 770 MW hydro power plants at Kantanpally and Dummugudem under Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT).