Hyderabad: With the rains triggering the opening of reservoir gates and overflowing of water bodies in many areas along the River Musi and its catchment areas, several people living in low-lying areas have been relocated to safer places.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) along with the Revenue department and Police visited low-lying areas near the Musi, alerted the people and relocated those whose houses were prone to inundation or likely to be washed away. Public announcements were also made using loudspeakers. In several wards, the officials were accompanied by GHMC Corporators.
Measures to safeguard lives including relocating people were taken after the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) lifted the gates of Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar.
The Hyder Enclave Colony in GHMC Rajendra Nagar Circle, Chaderghat in Malakpet Circle, Golnaka in Amberpet circle and the Ayyappa Colony in LB Nagar circle were localities from where people were relocated. “Only people living in houses that are prone to inundation were relocated. In some areas, people voluntarily moved out when we issued an alert,” a GHMC official said.
“People who did not have the option to go to their relatives’ houses were shifted to community halls. In some localities, including in the Malakpet circle, people were sheltered in a masjid,” a GHMC official said.
Areas around the Hussain Sagar were also being monitored. People in Arvind Colony, Nagamaiah Kunta, Padma Colony and parts of Kavadiguda were alerted. All these areas are located near the lake and its connecting nalas.
“We have shortlisted some places where people can be relocated. An action plan is also ready to relocate people. We are constantly monitoring the situation in Hussain Sagar and alerting people,” a GHMC official said, adding that the inflows into the lake were being monitored with GHMC officials coordinating with the revenue and irrigation departments to take appropriate measures.
Two more gates of Himayat Sagar lifted
Hyderabad: Two more gates of Himayat Sagar, which has been receiving copious inflows due to the heavy rains, were lifted to release water into river Musi. Five gates were opened in the last couple of days and with HMWSSB decision to lift two more on Friday, seven of the 17 gates of the reservoir are opened.
The water level at Himayat Sagar, on Friday, was recorded at 1,762.50 feet against the Full Tank Level (FTL) of 1,763.50 feet. The reservoir capacity is 2.97 TMC and the water level is 2.697 TMC. While the water body was receiving 1,400 cusecs of inflows, the outflow was maintained at 2,400 cusecs.
Meanwhile, at Osman Sagar, the water level was recorded at 1,785.30 feet against the FTL of 1,790 feet. The reservoir capacity is 3.90 TMC and on Wednesday the water level stood at 2.885 TMC and as against 400 cusecs of inflows, the recorded outflow was 100 cusecs. Two out of 15 gates of the reservoir have been opened.
Both the reservoirs were inspected by Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar accompanied by HMWSSB Managing Director Dana Kishore and other officials.
The water board issued directions to line departments including the GHMC, police and revenue department, apart from the three district Collectorates – Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medchal-Malkajgiri.
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