Special Correspondent

Minister reviews preparedness for floods in the twin cities with officials

All 2,800 manholes on trunk sewer lines now being covered with safety iron mesh Fourteen emergency teams constituted to meet any unforeseen situation Traffic advisories over FM radios to warn drivers about traffic snarls

HYDERABAD: Energy Minister Mohd Ali Shabbir, who is district minister in-charge of Hyderabad, has announced a plan of action for Hyderabad and Secunderabad to meet monsoon-related emergencies like inundation of low-lying areas, water stagnation on roads and casualties due to overflowing drains and manholes.

After reviewing the flood preparedness, the Minister told reporters that all 2,800 manholes on the 240-km stretch of the trunk sewer lines were now being covered with a safety iron mesh, fitted below the conventional lid. Even if a resident removes the lid on the top in his eagerness to empty the stagnant rainwater, the manhole would not become a death trap.

Caution boards

Caution boards have been displayed at all the manholes, the Minister said.

Traffic advisories would be beamed over FM radios as in Chennai to warn drivers about traffic snarl. A programme has been taken up to remove encroachments abutting lakes and nullahs. Those affected by the removal of 3,500 identified encroachments would be shifted to Kukatpally.

MCH Commissioner Sanjay Jaju, Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Water K. S. Jawahar Reddy and Chief General Manager of Central Power Distribution Company Limited Shaikh Anwar were present at the meeting.