In a significant development that will make obtaining tap water connections across Telangana easier, the state government on Thursday slashed the deposit amounts for obtaining tap connections in urban areas to just Re.1 for below poverty live (BPL) families and Rs.100 for other households. The water is being supplied through the government’s prestigious ‘Mission Bhagiratha’ project, which aims to provide 7.9 lakh new connections in all of the municipalities and municipal corporations (outside Hyderabad).
“Until now, for obtaining a tap connection an amount of Rs.6,000 is being collected towards deposit. If the connection is to be taken inside the house the deposit would be Rs.10,500. In view of this huge amount as deposit, people are not coming forward for taking tap connections felt the CM," said a press release from the chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s office on Thursday.
Under the ‘Mission Bhagiratha’, the state government aims to supply safe drinking water to every village and town. The release stated that the number of connections required to be given in municipalities and municipal corporations are 7.9 lakh, but so far only 1.20 lakh have been taken due to the heavy deposit charges.
Apart from these connections, another 3.3 lakh connections through other drinking water schemes are also to be given, stated the release. “Hence though it is burden on the exchequer the deposit amount is reduced significantly and made name sake. The aim of the government is that people should consume safe drinking water to be healthy," the release said quoting Rao.
Apart from the rural households, the state government also aims to supply drinking water to about 55 lakh rural households. The project was part of Rao’s campaign promise in the 2014 assembly elections, and its total cost has been projected at about Rs.44,000 crore.