Hyderabad lake discharges foam; rains hit normal life

Hyderabad: Residents of Dharani Nagar here faced inconvenience today as thick foam spread from a lake in the locality even as heavy rains lashed the city, throwing normal life out of gear.

Some of the residents of Dharani Nagar said the foam began coming out of the Parigi cheruvu (lake) since last night and that it enveloped some houses in the area. They complained of foul odour and rashes on the skin.

A woman claimed the residents faced a similar problem during the rainy season last year.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall last night, up to 12 cms in some places, resulted in inundation of several low-lying areas in the city.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), in a release said, its personnel ensured free flow of rainwater, thus minimising inconvenience to the citizens.

Food packets were provided to residents of inundated areas at Madinaguda and other places, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said.

He said steps have been taken to ensure smooth flow of traffic at important junctions. Also, efforts are being made to repair roads and remove 65 trees that fell on streets.

The civic commissioner held a meeting with officials in view of the meteorology department warning heavy rains during the next two days.

He pulled up some officials as monsoon teams were not seen in action at some localities, the GHMC release said.

Reddy asked officials to supervise works from the corporation’s control room in the event of an emergency.

GHMC today launched Any Time Water kiosks in the city.

These kiosks will provide water to people at the rate of Re 1 per litre.