Heavy rains damage roads in Hyderabad: Official

Hyderabad: Heavy rains that lashed the city over the past few days have damaged roads under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits, officials said.

“The engineering officials have submitted a report stating that under the GHMC limits, 180-km length of roads has been damaged,” GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy today said.

According to initial estimates, the civic body requires over Rs 100 crore to restore the roads.

“Every day, around 1,500 potholes were filled up,” he said, adding that efforts were on to demolish the illegal structures raised on the nullahs (drainages).

“Circle-wise demolition drive will be taken up. GHMC has asked the state government to set up a tribunal, which will settle the disputes pertaining to illegal constructions. A reminder letter was sent to the government,” he said.

Four columns of the Army were yesterday deployed in rain-affected areas of Hyderabad and neighbouring Ranga Reddy district after heavy downpour wreaked havoc in the capital and other parts of Telangana cutting off low-lying areas.

Army troops have been moved into Begumpet, Nizampet and Hakimpet areas in the city and Alwal in Ranga Reddy district to provide necessary relief.

Although the city did not receive rains till evening today, some of the low-lying areas continued to remain inundated, even as GHMC and some NGOs are offering essential food items, such as milk, for relief of those affected.

Meanwhile, the civic body chief directed the Health and Sanitation wing to take up a sanitation drive in rain-effected areas for control of diseases in the city.