Hyderabad: Heavy rains, which battered Hyderabad for the past few weeks have not only left the roads damaged but also ended up creating at least 120 new water stagnation points. As if this was not enough, now the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) needs an estimated Rs 121 crore to fix these stagnation points.
Last year, the GHMC had identified 218 water stagnation points across the city and authorities said all of them were rectified. But this year, due to the excess rainfall in October, several new water stagnation points have been identified.
Now, GHMC is saddled with a total of 338 water stagnation points (Road Vulnerable Points), which have been classified into three categories _ short term, medium term and long term repair works.
These rectification works will be sanctioned in a phased manner and all works will be completed before the next monsoon, the engineering officials told GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy during a meeting here on Monday.
In addition to the above water stagnation points, 13 chronic and major waterlogging points, which require remodelling of drains, will be taken up before next monsoon at a cost of Rs 61.67 crore.
According to officials from GHMC engineering wing, last year, especially after the monsoon, road repairs were taken up at 411 locations at a cost of Rs 62 crore. This year, between July and August, repair works at 148 locations were taken up at a cost of Rs 19.51 crore.
59 per cent excess rainfall recorded this season
This season, areas under GHMC continue to receive heavy rainfall. In fact, the municipal corporation has received 59 per cent excess rainfall between June and October, this season compared to the normal rainfall.
The average cumulative rainfall recorded in GHMC limits from June to October was 636.4 mm but this year, it has increased to 1014.92 mm. Though, the city roads have been battered and bruised, the heavy rainfall has left many lakes full to the brim in the city.
Close to 119 lakes, of the existing 185 lakes under GHMC, are full to the capacity and 23 lakes are 75 per cent full, said a senior GHMC official. And there’s more, the Meteorological Department forecast more rains in the city in the coming days.