Opinion | Deluge in Hyderabad: Who’s accountable?


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Opinion | Deluge in Hyderabad: Who’s accountable?

Ten extra our bodies have been fished out from waterlogged localities of Hyderabad on Thursday, taking the demise toll in current rains and flood in Telangana to 50. For practically three days, energy and water provide to a lot of the localities of this twin metropolis have been reduce off leaving hundreds of residents struggling to get ingesting water. Individuals are marooned of their flats and terraces of multi-storeyed buildings due to heavy waterlogging in a lot of the areas. 

On Tuesday evening after heavy rains, torrents of floodwater gushed into houses, hospitals, workplaces and multi-storeyed buildings after a lake embankment collapsed. 

A number of items of the military, state catastrophe response power and 4 NDRF (Nationwide Catastrophe Response Power) groups have been deployed with boats to rescue stranded folks and to pump out water from localities going through water stagnation. The Telangana authorities has arrange 61 reduction centres to supply meals and reduction to flood-affected folks. 

In my prime time present ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ on Thursday evening, we confirmed visuals of boats plying on the streets of Hyderabad, because the variety of boats deployed by catastrophe response groups seems to be insufficient. India TV reporter T. Raghavan visited a lot of the affected localities in boats and located folks trapped inside their buildings for the final three days. 

Most of them are in pressing want of ingesting water because the water provide has been reduce off. The ability provide has additionally been disconnected and individuals are unable to speak as they’re unable to recharge their cellphones. 

India TV confirmed visuals of a JCB machine getting used to rescue marooned folks as a result of reduction boats have been unable to succeed in that locality. The Holy Trinity Church in Begumpet locality was additionally waterlogged because of heavy rains. 

Multi-storeyed buildings situated close to lakes have been hit the toughest as a result of sudden influx of water from the dams. 

Localities in Chandrayangutta in outdated Hyderabad, Chadarghat and Moosaram Bagh on the banks of Musi river, Uppal and Vanasthalipuram on town outskirts are nonetheless waterlogged even after the rains are over. 

Telangana chief minister Okay. Chandrasekhar Rao has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ship pressing central help of Rs 1,500 crore to the state which has suffered Rs 5,000 crore losses because of rains and floods until now. Greater than 35,000 households have been hit by rains and floods, and 20,450 homes have suffered damages. 

The chief minister has introduced Rs 5 lakh help to the kin of those that died in rains and floods. He has additionally promised assist rebuild their broken homes. 

Although the heavy downpour was a pure catastrophe, but, I really feel, the losses might have been averted. There was rampant encroachment of lakeside areas and unlawful constructions, due to which lakes and dams overflowed after a heavy downpour. 

The Hyderabad municipal company has now determined to demolish all buildings which have been illegally constructed on stormwater drains. 

To quote an instance, a complete Chakradhar colony has been constructed on the north of Nagaram lake in a spot the place no land existed 20 years in the past. 

The lake progressively encroached over time, and the colony was constructed. 

Boduppal, Nadeem Colony, Makka colony, Singareni colony, Vambay colony, Gaganpahad and Bandari colony are amongst these unlawful colonies which have confronted heavy waterlogging after the rains.

Equally in south Hyderabad, builders over time encroached upon lakes and constructed a sequence of housing colonies on land reclaimed from lakes. These colonies too bore the brunt of heavy rains and floods on Tuesday. 

The folks of Hyderabad by no means imagined of their goals that 24 hours of torrential rains would wreak a lot havoc. True, this was the heaviest rainfall within the final 20 years in Hyderabad, however this catastrophe might have been averted by way of higher city planning. 

The earlier the native administration implements these reforms, the higher. 

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi might now blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the difficulties confronted by the folks of Hyderabad, however I need to level out that it’s the Owaisi household that has been ruling the roost in Hyderabad for the final 50 years. 

Owaisi’s father Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi first grew to become MLA in Hyderabad within the yr 1969, and he remained town’s MP until 2004. 

Asaduddin Owaisi took up the reins from his father as Hyderabad MP since 2004. 

An MP or an MLA has fairly a say within the affairs of town, and I ponder whom Owaisi will blame this time for the deluge that came about on Tuesday.

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