Staff Reporter

Pictures take a dig at the absurdity of city planning and point to a man-made disaster

HYDERABAD: A photo exhibition on the inundation faced by different colonies in the city during the recent rain was organised by the Lok Satta Party - Greater Hyderabad Branch - in association with the Vivekananda Seva Samiti at Gandhinagar T Junction here on Saturday.

The photos on display sought to take a dig at the absurdity of city planning and show how funds spent by the municipal authorities on sewerage were washed away by the recent rain. The message was that the situation was in a way made by the administration.

Administration blamed

The photos on flooding at Tarnaka, Nadeem Colony, Ameerpet, Tolichowki and other areas were displayed at the exhibition. K. Srinivasa Rao, city vice president of the party, said

“Our two-day study showed that the floods were a result of administrational flaws in urban planning. The GHMC should take full responsibility.” He pointed out that the city’s drainage system hasn’t been improved even after huge amounts were spent on it after the floods of 2000 and 2003.

M. Dharma Rao, former Chief Engineer of the Government, said that Nadeem Colony was flooded due to the international golf course that was built on the surplus course of Nadeem lake and other encroachments that rose on its bank. He charged the GHMC and HUDA with letting encroachments come up on lakes and their linking rivulets. Mr. Rao explained the flaws in sewerage, water outlets and roads through the photographs.

Apart from criticism, the organisations also asked the Greater Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (GHMC) to entrust them with a troubling area for flood management. “We will maintain any area more effectively than government with fewer funds than they spend,” they stated. The party’s city president, N. Ravinder, was also present on the occasion.