Hyderabad: The rains will continue. With more thunder and lighting, that is. The phenomenon of late afternoon rains that the city has been witnessing over the last few days is likely to continue, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issuing a warning, as well as the thunderstorms will be accompanied with the lightning across the Telangana.
On Wednesday, the city witnessed moderate rains at many places and heavy rainfall at a few parts, accompanied by thunder and lightning.
According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society, Khairatabad received the highest rainfall of the day at 41.5 mm till 6 pm followed by Uppal (39.3 mm), Asifnagar (26.8 mm), Bahadurpura (23 mm) and Attapur (23 mm).
Due to heavy rainfall, water stagnation was reported at the Khairatabad Metro station and motorists had to struggle through waterlogged points at several areas across the city. The GHMC deployed its Disaster Response Force teams and monsoon emergency teams at several locations to clear water logging and rain related issues.
On the other hand, with the incessant rains, there was heavy seepage of the water into the zonal commissioner’s chamber at Sardar Mahal. In view of the situation, the Zonal Commissioner, GHMC Charminar began functioning from Chandrayangutta from Wednesday.
Weather data from IMD Hyderabad said there was a light rainfall of 4.2 mm on Tuesday while its forecast suggest that there would be rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night on Thursday.
335 dilapidated buildings found in GHMC limits
With heavy rains continuing to lash the city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is intensifying efforts to demolish old and dilapidated structures besides repairing some of them and also vacating occupants in a few buildings across the city.
There are over 335 old and dilapidated structures across the city. Already, there have been a couple of instances of building collapses this year. In July, a 14-month-old baby died after a portion of the roof of an old building collapsed at Sitaphalmandi. Similarly an dilapidated building collapsed at Goshamahal on last Wednesday. However, there were no casualties since the structure was aready vacated.
Though the municipal corporation annually takes up the demolition of dilapidated structures, efforts are being intensified this season with heavy rains pounding the city for the last couple of weeks.
This year, the municipal corporation has already demolished 230 structures in different areas and nearly 190 have been either seized or vacated. In addition to these, there are 335 more old and dilapidated structures to be demolished across the city.
Among these 335 dilapidated structures, over 137 structures are in the Khairatabad zone and 105 are in the Charminar zone. Majority of these structures were identified to be in Falaknuma, Goshamahal and Khairatabad circles.
The civic body is continuing a special demolition drive till all the dilapidated structures are demolished or repaired by the occupants. To this effect, notices are being served to the building owners and the structures will be seized, said a senior official from GHMC.
In addition to this, the municipal corporation is counselling the residents to vacate the precariously weak buildings to avoid any untoward incidents and is installing barricading around the buildings. In the case of most of the dangerous structures, people are being cautioned not to move around the structures.
S Sandeep Kumar