Water from Kukatpally-Hussainsagar nala gushes into the compound

The Holy Trinity Church at Chikoti Gardens in Begumpet has been inundated with drain water leaving the visitors fuming and fretting.

For the past two days, the parking place at the church compound has turned into a cesspool.

If water level increases in the next few days, then the church structure constructed in 1983 in 1.5 acres, could get affected, fears parish priest Father Valentine D’Mello.

He said water from Kukatpally-Hussainsagar nala gushes into the church premises during monsoon and causes problems.

Incessant rain that lashed the city on July 20 had damaged books in the church library, electrical equipment and other articles, all worth over Rs. 4 lakh. Religious ceremonies then could not be performed after water accumulated up to two feet in the church.

The rain had so much water stagnating in front of the church that its reflection could be seen from ground level.

“As we are trying to recover from losses, seepage of water into the church premises now is leading to several hardships,” Father D’Mello says.

Compound wall

The rain-soaked compound wall may collapse any time if water continues to enter the premises. According to him, close to 1,000 people from all faiths visit the church everyday and the number swells on Thursdays and Sundays. When contacted, HMWS&SB General Manager K. Vijaya Rao said efforts were on resolve the problem within three days.

“We will divert the water into the Kukatpally-Sanathnagar nala and try to address the issue,” he said.

The problem was result of a pipeline failing to cope up with increasing pressure resulting in sewerage overflowing into a pond at Prakashnagar and later inundating the open place at the church premises.

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