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Saturday, June 25, 2011

IRRESPONSIBLE MUNICIPALITIES, GHMC: Hyderabadis sick of ‘dirty’ water!

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The Water Board wants the State government to fund a Water Safety Plan that will replace the 960-km of pollution-prone pipelines. The government has been releasing money piece-meal.
It released Rs 50-odd crore immediately after the Bholakpur tragedy and then Rs 10 to Rs 20 crore every year. This has resulted in replacement of only 100-odd kilometres of old pipelines to date. In the 2011-2012 Budget, just Rs 10 crore has been allocated for this life-saving project.
Most citizens have lost faith in the quality of water being supplied by HMWS&SB and have bought water purifiers to ensure their own safety. Health experts and doctors warn that water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid, and cholera could become epidemic if immediate measures are not taken to ensure that chlorine levels are maintained between 0.22 ppm and 0.5 ppm in drinking water at the tap end.
Apollo Hospitals’ consultant physician, Dr Aftab Ahmed, said chlorination of water is the cheapest available remedy to make water potable, and helps remove bacteria, virus and other harmful organisms.
“Lack of chlorine in water exposes a large portion of the population to water-borne diseases. These could be avoided with the simple method of chlorination. Governments abroad use expensive but quality methods like reverse osmosis and ultra violet purification. Absence of chlorine in water will also cause hepatitis A and E,” warns Dr Aftab Ahmed. Dr B. Bhaskara Rao of Raaga Clinic says he regularly gets patients suffering from diarrhoea.
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Filter beds sans filtering capacity........................................
Even State Pollution Control Board is equally responsible for this indiscriminate ground-water contamination, as it failed to curb the rampant discharge of the untreated effluents of hundreds of the Chemical, Drug, etc. industries!


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