TIRUPATI: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) has been spending about Rs 2 crore every year to transport water by private tankers for its institutions including college hostels and pilgrim accommodation centres in Tirupati without chalking out a permanent solution to the vexing issue.
This year too the TTD has finalised the water transportation work by inviting tenders worth about Rs 1.79 crore.
Local transport operators won the contracts for the works, which stipulate supply of drinking water to the TTD employees quarters, college hostels, TTD offices and hospitals.
According to Vinayaka Nagar residents, though the TTD administration has been spending huge sums of money to provide water, very little is actually reaching the people.
Several representations have been made to the concerned engineer and works inspector but to no avail, they said in unison.
According to the TTD engineering department records, a sum of Rs 213.39 is being paid to the private transporters for each trip.
A TTD engineer, on condition of anonymity, said that the same annual amount could be spent to purchase ten water tankers and also to pay the wages for the drivers.
Additionally, the tankers could be run in shifts, thereby ensuring continuous water supply. The available resources are also not being used by the administration, he said.
The contractors, too, are exploiting the situation by selling the water at their convenience, putting the end-users to greater inconvenience.