GHMC teams brace for monsoon challenges

Wed 03 Jun 2020, 11:41:01
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) are making required arrangements, including setting up of emergency teams for taking up relief and rescue operations and ensuring the free flow of traffic.

The municipal corporation has prepared a special plan and set up emergency teams to handle monsoon related issues like water logging, tree falling, etc, with a cost of Rs 24 crore. It has set up 87 mini-mobile monsoon teams, 79 mobile monsoon teams, one zonal emergency team and 101 static labour teams.

In all, 267 monsoon emergency teams and 16 Disaster Response Force (DRF) teams have been set up to take up relief and rescue operations effectively during the monsoon season. As a precautionary measure, all the 53 major nalas have been cleaned and the trash and silt have been excavated to facilitate the smooth flow of rainwater, said Mayor Bonthu Rammohan.

Based on last year’s experiences, the GHMC has identified 157 water logging points across its limits and repairs have been taken up at 127 locations to ensure there is no stagnation. In the remaining locations, 10 HP water pumps will be available from June 1 till October end, to pump out stagnated water.

To ensure prompt and coordinated efforts in executing relief and rescue operations, circle level and zone level mobile emergency teams have been arranged. At places where rainwater stagnation is reported frequently, 101 static labour teams will be deployed on 24-hour basis to address the problems immediately, he said.

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