Hyderabad News: The state government seems to be going through a very tough phase. As we all know that the power tariff hike shook the whole state, the Hyderabad’s Water Board also seems to have got the blow of it. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS & SB) owes close to 160 Crore INR to APCPDCL.
The water board is anyway in financial crisis and this power bill added up to it. The monthly bill of Water Board is close to 25 Crore and after the price hike, it came up to 30 crore. The finance department officials of HMWS & SB are worried over the growing power dues of the Board. The bill payment due is from September 2011, added the Finance Department officials.
Apart from this bill, the Water Board pays 15 crore every month to the Power Department for uninterrupted power supply to the city’s water supply system. Water Board uses 19 high tension power connections for supplying the Manjeera Water to the city. The officials sadly announced their income figures and explained how they are getting dried away with the increased power charges.
The situation seems to be ironical as both the Power and the Water board are dependent on each other. Power Board needs water supplies from Water Board and there are no rains in the state now. And Water Board needs Power for continuous supply of water. The equipment and machinery consumes a lot of power for functioning.
The Chief secretary Minnie Mathew of finance department held a meeting with all other officials of water board to discuss the possible solutions to this problem. She suggested taking a loan from financial firm to clear the present dues to APCPDCL for the time being. Right now the finance department is in search of a good firm which lends such a huge loan.
Tags: Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew, APCPDCL, HMWS & SB, Power charges hike