ANDHRA PRADESH

Plan to repair storm water drains cleared

HYDERABAD, AUG. 1. The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has cleared the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) plan to take up extensive repairs of storm water drains in the city. The plan based on the Kirloskar Report is estimated to cost Rs. 258 crores and a Japanese International Consortium is to fund the project.

The plan envisages desilting, strengthening of bunds, widening and removal of encroachments and acquiring land wherever needed to remove obstructions to the flow of water in the nalas.

The report has been sent to the Union Finance Ministry for final clearance and works are to be taken up soon, the MCH Commissioner, Chitra Ramachandran said.

Maintenance work

The MCH has recently been given the responsibility of maintaining the storm water drains, which was earlier handled by the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply & Sewerage Board. Though the MCH keeps off from major road repair works during the monsoon, it has lined up a series of other programmes.

A dedicated solid waste management complex is to come up in the city outskirts, which apart from a sanitary land fill on a large area would have plants for pelletisation and garbage-to-power generation.

Sanitary landfill

Construction of a sanitary landfill is already underway at Gandhamguda, Rangareddy District and once it is completed, the garbage now being sent to Autonagar dump will be diverted there.

A report on this project is being readied by the EPTRI. The Chief Minister is also expected to lay the foundation stone for city's second garbage to power plant to be built by the RDF soon.

The park at Clock Tower, Secunderabad along with the ones at Koti, Imlibun, Shyamalkunta are ready for inauguration.

Street lighting

About street lighting, the MCH Commissioner said the delay was because of the scientific tendering process that the corporation has gone in for now and also due to contractors ganging up. The tenders would be opened soon and the corporation promised quality street lighting in the city.

A call centre to receive complaints on civic amenities in the city was expected to become functional shortly, she said.

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