Hyderabad: Overflowing Musi floods areas near Ramnathpur Lake

Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan said action will be taken on the illegal constructions on the lake bed.

By Author  |  Published: 9th Oct 2017  11:59 pm
Ramnathpur Lake
A flooded colony near Ramanthapur Lake in Hyderabad on Monday.

Hyderabad: The incessant rain in the city resulted in areas upstream of Ramanthapur Lake getting submerged and about 200 houses inundated after the Musi began overflowing.

Some of the small huts on the lakeshore are flooded, while several houses in Ravindra Nagar Colony, Sai Chitra Nagar and Laxmi Nagar colonies in Ramanthapur inundated.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) initiated relief measures on Monday, including diversion of water from the lake into Ramanthapur Chinna Cheruvu and from there to the Musi.

Officials said habitation within the full-tank level of the lake over the last couple of decades led to the river shrinking and now overflowing. M Ravi Sankar Reddy, a resident of Ravindra Nagar Colony, and many others also echoed the same view, stating that builders encroached upon the lake.

Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan and GHMC engineers inspected the affected areas. The Mayor said action will be taken on the illegal constructions on the lake bed.

For now, efforts were on to pump out three to 3.5 million cubic feet of water through pipes, connecting the lake to other water bodies. Pumps of 100HP capacity were being used, while pumps of 140HP capacity will be pressed into action on Tuesday. The situation is being monitored continuously, officials said.