GHMC nod for extensive road digging

GHMC Commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

If you think roads continue to be bad, brace for more back-breaking rides in future with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) giving permissions to Government and private agencies to dig 3,572 km of road lengths across the twin cities in the next few months.

These diggings are to lay pipelines for the water board to an extent of 2,700 km; 588 km of optic fibre cable of Reliance; 84 km for power cables; 40 km for L&T under the smart city project for CCTVs and 18 km telephonic cabling by the BSNL.

Giving these details, Commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy has said the digging was unavoidable as these were key infrastructure works for the betterment of the living conditions in capital. But, the engineering wing has been tasked with the work of calling for and approving tenders for road re-laying much before the digging works begin to cut the time lag and ensure roads are restored to original shape faster.

Desilting soon

The engineers concerned have also been asked to see that the diggings are completed by May 31 so that road repairs are immediately taken up before the monsoon arrives. Stormwater drain desilting work too should begin in all circles as the estimates have been prepared for ₹30.18 crore for the year.

Desilting work from this year would be done throughout the year instead of once before the monsoon. The first phase of desilting would be completed by May-end and thereafter clearing the silt would be taken up at periodic intervals by closely monitoring flows into the stormwater drains. It would prevent overflows onto roads and also reduce pollution, said Mr. Reddy.

Stormwater drains or ‘nalas’ are to be desilted for a length of 216 km of major ones through machine, another 735 km of minor drains are to be cleared with the help of recycler suction-cum-jetting machines and manually in narrow lanes where machines can’t go. Removed silt would be dumped in sites identified in each circle with preference for filling open trenches or low-lying areas.

Garbage segregation

The GHMC would be observing the entire month of February as ‘Divide Garbage’ month to create awareness about 100% segregation among the citizens in each of the 18 circles. The Commissioner on Monday instructed all the officials from the zonal commissioner level to the medical officers concerned to ensure that the segregation takes place from the household level before the garbage reaches the transfer stations in the trolleys.

Of the 20 garbage transfer stations, nine are undertaking segregation process fully at Devendar Nagar, Mallapur, Deepti Sri Nagar, Saradar Patel Nagar, Neredmet, Machabollarum, Saket and HMT Pipe Line Road. Among the circles, Rajendranagar circle has achieved total success.

About 75% segregation is happening in 11 transfer stations of Amberpet, Imlibun, Yousufguda, Nallagandla, Tank bund, Nagole, Khaitlapur, Jiyaguda, Novopan, Patancheru, Moula Ali and RC Puram.

Mr. Reddy observed that while segregation was satisfactory at the household level, bulk generating units like the function halls, hostels and business establishments were yet to fall in line and the campaign would cover them.

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