Maximum flood level mark fixed for Musi

V. Geetanath
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Panel specifies 1.75 lakh cusecs as the level

Decades after it became an open sewer, River Musi has finally got its maximum flood level mark. A three-member committee of top engineers affixed 1.75 lakh cusecs as the level paving the way for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to take up hydrology studies to mark boundaries.

Maximum flood level was calculated based on the high floods received over the last 100 years and the inflows/outflows from the twin reservoirs of Himayatsagar (1.4 lakh cusecs) and Osmansagar (30,000 cusecs) from Bapughat to Nagole for a distance of 21.7 km, said GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu.

Flood level calculation is also based on the four main storm water drains including Murkinala pouring putrid water into the river at different stages within the city totalling to about 70,000 cusecs.

“We will complete the flood marking within 10 days. River widths vary between 150-200 metres,” said engineer-in-chiefR. Dhan Singh.

The current work would act a precursor to the ambitious river front development plan of Musi (like the Sabarmati project in Gujarat) in seven stretches from end to end under the National River Conservation Project (NRCP).

GHMC sent a detailed project report for about Rs.493.69 crore in the first phase with 70 per cent funding by the Central government and 30 per cent by the State.

A component of the plan is also to build a flood retaining wall all along the course of the river for protection, re-sectioning or deepening the bed to improve carrying capacity, etc., though APSRTC’s Imlibun bus station built on the river bed presents a challenge to the administrators.

The municipal corporation too has been struggling to remove encroachers from the river bed.

Mr. Krishna Babu said a renewed bid to acquire the river bed land in private hands cultivating grass and encroachers within the maximum flood level was being made. The High Court agreed to hear the 18 writ petitions filed by private parties claiming ownership of river bed plots together.

“About 1,200 houses are in an advanced stage of construction at Bandlaguda and Mallapur to accommodate 1,500 encroachers,” he said, adding “Removing encroachments is critical if GHMC is to complete work of beautifying the 3.9 acre of river length between Puranapul to Chaderghat with promenades, walkways, street furniture, kiosk, et al.”

Three-member panel fixes 1.75 lakh cusecs as the level; GHMC to take up hydrology studies to mark boundaries



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