Karimnagar: Finance Minister Etela Rajender asked senior Water Board officials to lay water pipelines under the Mission Bhagiratha scheme in a way that they are not damaged easily in the future. He advised the officers concerned to lay the pipes at a depth of 1.5 metres from the ground level, so that the pipes remain safe from damage even years later.
The Minister conducted a review meeting at the R & B guest house with officials of various departments to discuss the progress of the water grid scheme in the district.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that to provide safe drinking water to people, the government is laying water pipelines by spending crores of rupees. The pipes should survive for at least 50 years, and they should be able to withstand the load of heavy vehicles on the roads above them, he said. The Minister asked the officials to be careful while laying pipes at road crossings.
He also asked the district administration to identify old and leaking water tanks in the rural areas, and take steps to construct new tanks to replace the old ones. He said that officials from different departments should coordinate with each other in this work.