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Ready for every eventuality, says GHMC

Distressing: An overcast sky at Hussainsagar on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

Staff Reporter

Administration has contingency plans in place in view of incessant rain

HYDERABAD: Administration in the State capital is gearing up itself to meet any grave situation in view of the continuing rain and has already identified areas which could be inundated and put in place contingency plans, should evacuation is resorted to.

The recent heavy rain has certainly taken water levels in Hussainsagar lake to surplus level, but not to an extent to cause any concern, officials said.

“The situation is under control, there is nothing to panic about and we are ready with contingency plans should there be more heavy rain,” the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner S. P. Singh said here on Saturday.

Inspection

After an inspection of the low lying areas along the Hussainsagar outlet, Mr. Singh told presspersons that against its full tank level (FTL) of 513.41 metres, the water level in Hussainsagar lake was 513.68 metres. “However, the maximum level that the lake can retain is 514.75 metres and though the level is in surplus compared to the FTL, there is nothing to panic about,” he assured.

The present discharge from the lake was around 1,560 cusec which was much less than the maximum discharge of 10,451 cusec. The discharge was going into river Musi smoothly and without giving scope for inundation.

As part of contingency, today’s joint inspection in which District Collector Navin Mittal also participated, identified 1,000 families in 13 colonies requiring evacuation if the situation slipped out of control. “We have already spoken to the families and measures are being put in place. We are ready with plans for relief camps if evacuation is required,” Mr. Mittal informed. In the last 45 days, the city received 520 mm rainfall, almost 80 per cent of city’s total annual rainfall, but since it was in spells with heavy rain interspersed, the existing system could comfortably take care of draining the run-off. As the weather forecast for next 48 hours does not include heavy rain, Mr. Singh hoped that the situation would be completely under control in two to three days. The team also visited Minister’s Road and had a look at the obstructions that caused inundation in Sindhi Colony and Bapunagar and informed that desilting worker had been carried out here.

Rumours dispelled

The Commissioner also allayed rumours on water building up beyond capacity in Osmansagar and Himayathsagar reservoirs and said that both reservoirs were not full yet. On encroachments causing obstructions, the officials said that nearly 300 odd such encroachments were already removed and initiatives were on to address the rest.