Hyderabad: As part of the year-long naala desilting drive, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has completed desilting works along 30 kilometres of naalas in Hyderabad and in the process has removed 28,345 metric tonnes of silt. On Wednesday, the GHMC Commissioner, G Janardhan Reddy inspected desilting works being taken up in Uppal area of Hyderabad. 

To effectively and efficiently implement the works, involve residential welfare associations and colony residents in the process and avoid controversies, the Commissioner said that social audit will be taken-up to review the desilting works being taken up in Hyderabad. According to GHMC officials, every year desilting of naalas and other major storm water drains are usually taken up a few months ahead of the monsoons. However, this year the

Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD), KT Rama had directed the GHMC to make desilting an year-long exercise in Hyderabad.

To this effect, the GHMC had recently finalised 283 desilting works worth Rs 26 crore in various parts of Hyderabad. The officials have identified 951 kilometres-long major naalas, drains, small naalas, pipe drain etc in Greater Hyderabad. Officials pointed out that this year, they would be desilting nearly 100 major and minor naalas in the twin cities before the onset of the monsoons.

According to GHMC Commissioner, Dr B Janardhan Reddy modernised machines in major naalas and storm water drains with jetting machines will be employed to remove the silt. The naalas, which are smaller in size, silt can only be removed manually, officials said.

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