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Drain water poses health hazard

GOLLAPUDI SRINIVASA RAO
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No way to go: Buffaloes squat on drainage line, which turned out into a pool, preventing people from crossing it at Reddy Colony in Hanamkonda in Warangal district. — Photo: M. Murali
No way to go: Buffaloes squat on drainage line, which turned out into a pool, preventing people from crossing it at Reddy Colony in Hanamkonda in Warangal district. — Photo: M. Murali

Residents of Vikas Nagar, Gautam Nagar and Reddy Colony, on either side of the Kakatiya University bypass road passing towards Mulug, are a worried lot. In spite of having complained about the overflowing drain umpteen times, nothing has been done so far.

Serious threat

“We have to wade through drainage water. It is posing a serious threat to schoolchildren, but nobody bothers about the problem,” laments Sriram Suguna of Gautam Nagar.

The drain, flowing parallel to the main road, takes its own course and at certain points turns in to a big cesspool where buffaloes squat making it bigger.

Small drains flowing from the adjoining houses also join it.

“The drainage line criss-crosses the drinking water pipe line. There is every risk of drain and drinking water getting mixed when pipes get damaged by passing vehicles. We lodged complaints with the municipal officials, who only write down what we say but do nothing,” rued M. Jayaprakash of Reddy Colony.

Main thoroughfare

The bypass road is one of the important thoroughfares in Hanamkonda, which is used by sand-laden lorries and other heavy vehicles. These vehicles avoid the main road, passing through the town, to reach the Mulug highway.

On either side of the road all along from the Kakatiya University to Mulug Road, there are several colonies and the road has no ‘pucca' drainage line.

“Neither officials nor the local corporator turn up after elections. There is none to listen to our grievances. We only get lots of promises during the polls. This time we want to teach political parties a lesson,” fumed M. Nalini of Gautam Nagar.

She would mobilise people against politicians and force them to complete the drainage work before asking for votes. “We are unable to cross the drainage line in the early hours when we take our children to schools,” she pointed out.

GOLLAPUDI SRINIVASA RAO in Warangal

In spite of complaints by residents about the overflowing drain, officials have not paid any attention