Hyderabad: Around 200 families residing in four colonies in Balapur were severely affected as their houses got partly submerged following heavy showers on Tuesday. The inundation was result of encroachments found in the adjacent lakes Talacheruvu and Mantralacheruvu which overflowed and the water entered the colonies on Tuesday night.
Another reason for inundation was illegal constructions that had come up on nalas. These illegal constructions blocked free flow of the rainwater, say local residents.
Mr Samanth Rao said, “By the time we realised that water had entered our houses, the entire area was up to the knee deep in water forcing families to stay inside on Wednesday. Officer-goers and students had to remain at home Household articles got damaged in many houses in Nikhilanagar, Satya Sai Nagar, Dasari Narayana Rao Nagar and Kamalanagar. Meerpet Municipal Corporation officials visited the spot and carried out relief measures. Many residents were also evacuated. The authorities demolished few illegal constructions that had came up on the nalas to allow free flow of the rainwater.
Manhole covers in four colonies were also opened which helped in water from house get drained out.
Education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy visited the colonies and assured that necessary steps would be taken to prevent inundation of residential areas in future.
She said a separate pipeline would be laid at a cost of over 123 crore to allow water from Talacheruvu and Mantralacheruvu to directly flow into Musi River. Works in this regard would be started soon, she said....