Take all necessary measures to mitigate impact of heavy rainfall in Hyderabad: KTR tells MA&UD officials

In view of heavy rain forecast in Hyderabad in the coming two to three days, Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Minister K.T. Rama Rao directed senior officials from the Municipal Administration department to take all necessary measures to mitigate the impact of heavy rainfall and ensure public safety.

At a review meeting held at Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited (HGCL) office at Nanakramguda on Wednesday, the Minister directed the officials to coordinate seamlessly with other departments, especially with Electricity, Revenue and Police (Traffic) departments, and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB). He stressed that officials prioritize prevention of loss of life as the topmost concern.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials apprised the Minister that they already undertook various measures as part of monsoon preparedness. Dewatering pumps are placed in low lying areas and arterial roads which were prone to flooding. The officials expressed confidence that strengthening of nalas as part of the Strategic Nala Development Plan (SNDP) will effectively address issues in flood-prone areas during the monsoons this year.

The sanitation management of Hyderabad city was also a major topic of discussion during the review meeting. KTR emphasized the need for proactive measures and not being complacent with positive results in the past few years. The Minister stated that with the city’s rapid expansion and increasing population, there has been a rise in garbage generation, necessitating a more robust sanitation management plan moving forward. The officials presented their immediate and short-term plans to address sanitation issues, and the MA&UD Minister stressed the paramount importance of prioritizing and focusing on sanitation management.

Arvind Kumar, Special Chief Secretary of MA&UD, D.Ronald Rose, Commissioner, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Deputy Commissioners from the Municipal Corporation and others attended the meeting.