In fact, TOI spotted a leaking GVMC water supply pipeline, leading into a drainage canal, at Siripuram Junction. This apart, there are several complaints filed by residents of areas like Jagadamba Centre and Poorna Market in the Old City, Maharanipeta, AVN College, HB Colony, Pedagantyada, Kancharapalem, Gopalapatnam, Sivajipalem and Pithapuram Colony about leaking pipes to the GVMC. In fact, most of the complainants allege that the leakages mostly occur at junctions where pipelines intersect with drainage canals
One such complainant is Vizag Steel Plant employee K Ramesh, who lodged a plaint with GVMC about a leaking pipeline in Pedagantyada area where he resides. "I brought the water leakage issue to the attention of the GVMC commissioner through a complaint on July 8, but there has been no response from him till date. We are worried that this leakage may result in contamination of tap water due to mixing of rain water," he said.
Meanwhile, GVMC superintending engineer (water works), D Mariyanna said leakages were resulting in a wastage of nearly 5-7 million gallons per day of water of the total GVMC supply of nearly 65-67 mgd to meet the demands of 66 bulk, 3,200 semi-bulk and 2 lakh general tap connection holders in the city, including Anakapalle and Bheemili. "GVMC has to invest about Rs 17,000 per day to procure one MGD of water," Mariyanna added.