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Demolition drive eases flooding

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Chief Minister orders total clean-up of occupied drains in Nellore city

ith Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu issuing strict instructions, the Municipal Corporation of Nellore took up demolition of illegal structures in drains and canals running through the city on a massive scale here, helping in considerable easing of flood waters on Sunday.

Life started limping back to normalcy, with floodwaters being emptied from places like Ramalingapuram railway under-bridge and low-lying areas.

During his review meetings with officials and local leaders and corporators, the Chief Minister said he would ensure that all drains would be restored to their original size by removing encroachments. The Chief Minister directed municipal officials to identify all obstructions and take up demolition immediately. Scores of earth movers were being put into service soon.

On Sunday, obstructions in the Gachchu Kalava drain and the Old Madras bus stand drain were removed using earth movers. Meanwhile, Municipal Administration Minister Narayana, along with Mayor Abdul Aziz and senior corporator N. Mallikarjuna Yadav, supervised the demolition drive at Mulapet. They told local residents about the need for removal of encroachments for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. Minister Narayana himself operated the earth mover to remove a compound wall and entrance gate of a building as they obstructed the flow in a drain at Mulapet. The earth movers were also used to remove silt in Gachchu kalava drain at Potti Sriramulu Bomma centre. As the demolitions were taken up amid huge water-logging in several localities, the residents did not raise objections even as the other organisations and opposition political parties also remained silent largely. This drive would have been very difficult in normal situations.

At the Ramalingapuram under-bridge, which is the main connecting link between two halves of Nellore city on either side of the railway track, the floodwaters were still there up to three feet. The structures which have to be demolished in a phased manner will begin as and when the identification is completed. However, some structures proving total obstructions in drains are being removed forthwith.



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