Civil society groups, Left parties, the CITU, the Citizens’ Forum and other organisations on Thursday threatened to take up agitation if officials did not take up flood relief measures on a war-footing in the town. They staged a protest in front of the municipality and raised slogans against the civic body charging that officials were not taking action despite water logging in many colonies such as Visakha-A colony, Vsakha-B colony, Indira Nagar, and DCCB colony.
According to them, integrated drainage system should be developed by taking the entire town as a unit. Roads should be laid in Killipalem and Chapuram panchayats as they had become part of the town. Civic amenities should be provided in Ponnada, Totapalem, Duppalavalasa and other places. They also sought road widening from Rythu Bazaar to Chowk Road since low-lying areas were completely submerged.
CPI(M) representatives Panchadi Paparao and VGK Murthy and Citizens Forum leader Baratam Kameswara Rao said that officials were not responding positively despite repeated phone calls to them.
Meanwhile, the fire service department began relief measures by removing stagnated water in Padapadu road which is the busiest road in the town. Municipal officials engaged additional staff for removing silt in drains and created temporary channels for letting out rainwater on main roads.
Motorists heaved a sigh of relief and sought same measures in all the colonies.
Integrated drainage system in the town demanded Laying of roads in Killipalem and Chapuram panchayats sought
Integrated drainage system in the town demanded
Laying of roads in Killipalem and Chapuram panchayats sought