GHMC will demolish dangerous buildings. It has already razed 28. Case is booked against Dulux Paints for illegal building of wall that crushed 5 persons to death.
Seventy-eight areas of the twin cities were hit by the heavy rains of Friday night. The 180 mm rainfall recorded was next only to the highest recorded ever — 240mm in 2000.
As part of its efforts the GHMC has deployed 56 vehicles with generators, dewatering pumps and other necessary items for monsoon emergencies, particularly to face next two days. About 590 additional workers have been deputed area-wise for relief works in case of emergency.
The GHMC commissioner, MT Krishna Babu, said except two or three areas water receded and situation is coming back to normal. However, with the Metrological department forecasting at least 20 to 30 mm rainfall in the next two days, the Corporation is keeping itself prepared to face emergency situation, he said.
The Commissioner has informed that GHMC has deputed senior officials for each Circle office. These officials will coordinate with the Deputy Commissioner and Zonal Commissioners. “Whenever alarm is sounded all the officials and workers would be alerted,” said the Commissioner.
On Saturday, the control rooms have received 120 emergency calls. Also the Central Emergency has received messages of three wall collapse incidents but no casualty was reported.
Terming the accidental deaths of nine people unfortunate, the Commissioner announced `1 lakh ex gratia from Mayor’s discretionary funds. He appealed to the public to be more cautious while constructing houses. According to commissioner while GHMC demolished 28 buildings in last 15 days, 192 more buildings have been recently identified as dilapidated, “People should vacate dilapidated buildings voluntarily or else the GHMC will demolish the structures”, he warned.
In case of emergence people can call GHMC, as it has opened Call Centres for lodging grievances at any time. Besides the emergency numbers 155304, 1103, 1253, people can contact control room numbers 040-23302440, 040-23302550, 040-23302660, 8790715555 and 8790725555.
Meanwhile, the police have filed a case against Dulux paints, which has constructed a wall without any foundation causing the death of 5 members in Balanagar.
Relief Operations from Revenue Department
Revenue officials visited localities for enumerating the number of families affected. Relief in the form of 20 kg rice to each family of the affected was provided. Relief camps were organised in Nagamaiah Kunta, Musheerabad Mandal and Asifnagar Mandal localities.
Control room is opened in the collectorate, with phone number: 040-23202113. Instructions were issued to all Tahsildars to provide relief of 20 kg rice and 5 litres of Kerosene to the families who suffered damages to their houses in terms of fully or partly.
Joint collector (Hyderabad), E Sridhar, has informed that nearly 30 families, who were living in hazardous locations, have been shifted from Bhojiguda and Golkonda areas to nearby relief centres. Nearly 2000 families whose houses were inundated were provided with rice and rice coupons. Moreover 4500 people in these camps have been screened at medical camps set up by the Revenue Department.