Hyderabad: From Monday night to Wednesday, as the rest of the city heaved a sigh of relief seeing the rains stop, things just got busier for the monsoon teams of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
Working round-the-clock for three days on the trot, the teams have attended to 468 complaints, which are beyond the grievances attended to and resolved by the Disaster Response Force (DRF) teams.
According to the GHMC, 90 per cent of the complaints pertained to waterlogging and fallen tree branches and most of the complaints were attended to. Some pending ones were also being resolved.
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The hectic task of restoring normalcy in areas affected by the rains saw the civic body deploy 195 monsoon emergency teams and 139 static emergency teams. While the monsoon teams went around localities attending to complaints, the static teams were deployed at strategic locations based on previous year experiences. They checked regular choke points and cleared catch-pits to drain out water. Earthmovers were used in some locations to clear nala blockages.
Ushodaya Enclave in Madinaguda, Safdar Nagar in Borabanda, low-lying areas in Mehdipatnam, Ayyappa Colony in Nagole and Moosarambagh in Malakpet were some places where the monsoon and DRF teams worked in shifts. Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme (CRMP) agencies that are responsible for maintaining city roads also formed an additional 71 static teams and 33 mobile teams to attend to monsoon works.
Line departments including Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB), Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL), Police, Revenue and Irrigation departments too were on the job. While manholes were inspected by HMWS&SB, damaged electric poles were repaired or replaced by TSSPDCL to resolve power outages.
After the rains receded, GHMC’s sanitation workers started cleaning low-lying areas that were waterlogged. Silt and garbage were removed while additional workers were pressed into service in areas hit badly by the incessant rains.
To fight vector-borne diseases, the GHMC’s Entomology wing sprayed Pyrosene Oil in water bodies using drones, conducted Anti-Larval Operations (ALO) and fogged the areas where silt was removed. While drones were used at Safilguda Lake, ALO was done in Mehdipatnam, Moosarambagh and P&T Colony in Gaddiannaram, to mention a few. Fogging was also done in these localities.
Eight gates of Himayat Sagar closed
With the rains taking a break on Wednesday, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board closed eight gates of the Himayat Sagar.
As of now, two gates of Himayat Sagar and six gates of Osman Sagar are open. HMWS&SB said in a press release that the water level at Himayat Sagar was 1,763.45 feet against the Full Tank Level (FTL) of 1,763.50 feet. The reservoir capacity was 2.97 TMC and the water level stood at 2.94 TMC.
At Osman Sagar, meanwhile, water level touched FTL of 1,790 feet for the second consecutive day. The reservoir capacity is 3.90 TMC and the water level reached maximum capacity.
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