A Rs. 6,245-crore master plan for improving the drainage and sewerage in areas under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will be sent to the Centre shortly.

Municipal Administration Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy informed G. Kishan Reddy ( BJP) and others in the Assembly on Monday that the master plan after approval by a State-level committee, headed by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, would be submitted to the Centre seeking funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Some localities were getting inundated due to insufficient drain capacity and obstruction to free flow of water during heavy rains. He said 109 areas which faced such inundation were identified under the GHMC limits.

He said GHMC had taken steps for the pre-monsoon de-silting of drains/nalas and creation of additional inlet points for free flow of storm water.

As many as 401 of the 1,952 identified encroachments have been removed. A lot of difficulties were being faced in evicting encroachers, the Minister stated and sought the cooperation of MLAs in removing the remaining encroachments. The government would compensate and rehabilitate the affected people.

Mr. Reddy said to make Hyderabad one of the top cities, works worth Rs. 5,600 crore were sanctioned when Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister. Works worth Rs. 2,800 crore were already completed.

He agreed to convene shortly a meeting of the city legislators with officials of GHMC and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

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