Mayor appalled by lack of hygiene in temple area

HYDERABAD July 26. Heaps of garbage, overflowing drains and squalor all around was what the Mayor, T. Krishna Reddy, got to see in the vicinity of the famous Ujjaini Mahankali temple even as the annual Bonalu festivities commence on Sunday. A peeved Mayor warned the MCH officials of stringent action if the `mess was not cleared up immediately.'

Mr. Reddy visited the Ramgopalpet and Ranigunj municipal divisions in whose domain lie several temples, including the Ujjaini Mahankali temple, that are thronged by the devout for the Bonalu festival. Though officials maintained that elaborate arrangements were being made for the festivities, what the Mayor saw for himself belied those claims.

The MCH Additional Commissioner, R.V. Chandravadan, said additional staff were being deployed to ensure sanitation in the vicinity of all the temples in the area. "The sanitary staff will work round the clock in three shifts during the festivities,'' he said. As many as 24 civil works were taken up at a cost of Rs. 5 lakhs. Local corporators and MCH officials accompanied the Mayor during his visit.

In a statement here, the MCH Commissioner, Chitra Ramachandran, said 191 civil works were specially sanctioned in various temple areas at a cost of Rs. 65 lakhs. She gave a break- up of the works taken up in various MCH divisions - Circle I - 73 works, Circle II - 14, Circle III - 15, Circle IV - 40, Circle V - 11, Circle VI - 14 and Circle VII - 24.

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