Hyderabad: The incessant rains triggered by the Cyclone Gulab since Sunday continued drenching the city on Monday by recording the highest rainfall of 11 cm in some parts of the city.
The rains pushed people indoors and Tuesday’s holiday gave relief to many while the expected downpour did not happen. The sluice gates Osmansagar and Himayatsagar have been lifted and water has been released in the Musi. Chaddarghat’s new bridge was submerged in river water, obstructing the traffic.
‘Puranapul’ turned into a tourist spot, people came in by the droves to witness the sight of the swollen river, which is usually known for its encroachments and mosquitoes.
The scenario of rain this time resembled the day of the Great Musi Floods on 28 September 1908 that devastated the old Hyderabad. Many historians and civil servants on their twitter handles drew a parallel between the two scenarios.
‘Appa Cheru’ at RGIA, Shamshabad, the lake boundary, developed cracks and water rushed onto the highway. At Himayatsagar, the lakewater overflowed and it submerged the outer ring road as also the service road near the Police Academy.
A drainage pipe line work that was ongoing at Malkajgiri remained unattended, and it lay without any barricading, raising the possibility of accidents. Many nalas passing through the cantonment were flowing with high levels of rain-fed, flood-induced water.
The roads remained in a bad shape with potholes evident all over. Since a holiday was declared by the government, the traffic was less on the roads....