Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) organised a 4-day workshop on Amaravati master plans. Experts from Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC-Singapore) who attended the conference suggested that considering the future requirements, the state should look for alternate sources of drinking water instead of depending only on River Krishna.
As per the reports in The Hindu, CLC Executive Director Khoo Teng Chye and Senior Deputy Director Aloha Ta speaking on the last day of the workshop said that different and crucial arrangements for drinking water has to be planned now itself.
It may be noted that there will be three reservoirs – Sakhamuru (50 acres), Nelapadu (450 acres) and Krishnayapalem (190 acres) to hold with a total storage capacity of 0.8 tmcft. The experts suggested that these reservoirs should also serve the drinking water purpose to an extent.
The delegation from Singapore recommended to setup a conjoint authority for drinking water supply, flood management, handling storm water and waste water.
They also said informed the CRDA to reconsider setting up waste water treatment plants in 13 zones. It suggested that keeping smaller number of the plants of bigger size is best approach as the maintenance would be less expensive.