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GHMC preparations on full swing as monsoon advances

Posted by on June 11, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is seeking the help of the Fire Services department to ensure quick response in the unfortunate event of any house collapse mishaps being reported, as part of its monsoon preparations.

The Corporation has already written to the Fire Services department requesting it officials to coordinate with the Zonal Commissioners so that the emergency response time and the losses which could occur of any unfortunate tragedy are minimised.

The five Zonal Commissioners have also been directed to coordinate with the Central Control room which would function round the clock.

Talking to INN, Deputy Mayor Syed Jaffar Hussain said that so far, Rs 13 crore has been spent to desilt 670 km of Nalas which wind their ways through the GHMC limits.

Mr Hussain said that he has directed the Corporation’s Disaster Management officials to be alert and in touch with the Emergency Control room to be able to respond to the people’s needs immediately.

The Deputy Mayor said that has directed the officials to give priority in expediting all the incomplete works to ensure that the general public does not face any undue hardships during the monsoon season after the frequent criticism that the city’s infrastructure is unable to cope with the rains as roads become waterlogged and traffic jams rule the day.

The existing civic infrastructure, which had been constructed during the Nizam’s period, has been serving people’s need so far during the past year, the GHMC has begun to expand this existing infrastructure by taking the help of the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.

The JnNURM is helping the GHMC to construct rain-water harvesting pits and renovate the storm water drains, apart from laying drinking water pipelines.

However, encroachments on the nalas which wind through the GHMC limits are said to be a major impediment in the Corporation’s efforts to prevent water logging and inundation of low lying areas.(INN)

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