Heavy rain lashed Hyderabad on Monday night killing two persons, including a child, and injuring two when a wall collapsed in Singadikunta area in Banjara Hills. One person died of electrocution in Hussaini Alam in the old city area.
Officials said it was a cloudburst over the city as some areas recorded 7 cm to 12 cm rainfall. The heavy rain inundated several low-lying colonies.
People returning home from their workplaces were caught in long traffic snarls. Techies were stranded in a long traffic jam in Madhapur, which houses many software giants.
With water levels rising sharply at few places, some people left stranded in their cars had to be rescued.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) pressed its emergency teams into service to clear the roads by pumping out the flood water.
According to Hyderabad MeT office, the heavy downpour was caused by thunderstorm activity resulting from upper air circulation lying over Rayalaseema and upper air trough running from Odisha to Kerala across Telangana.
As the city’s roads turned into rivers, irked residents took to social media.
Rain batters crumbling roads in posh Hyderabad’s Nallagandla area, no respite in sight
The recent rains that lashed Hyderabad have further deteriorated the already crumbling roads in Nallagandla, in the city’s posh Cyberabad area.
It has been close to two years since the road from the Lingampally flyover to Nallagandla has been in a pathetic state.
The area houses several upscale residential colonies. In fact, the area has five projects by the Aparna Group and one project by the Ramky Group, which are homes to thousands of techies and others who work in Cyberabad.
“The road was laid quite a few years ago, and nothing has been done since then. It is usually in a pathetic state and the rains just make it worse. We witness at least one accident a day near that turning,” says Shankar, a tea vendor, as he points to a blind curve.
The curve which starts with a smooth road ends with gaping holes ensuring that any speeding vehicle is bound to crash and damage itself at the turn.
(An auto rickshaw which met with an accident lies in shambles besides the turn)
A little further ahead, right outside the ‘Aparna Cyberzon’ project, there is massive waterlogging in front of the Ratnadeep supermarket.
The road in this patch is practically inundated, as one entire side of the divider is covered with at least a few inches of water even during the day.
To make things worse, dangerous potholes and manholes lurk underneath the water, making it a commuter’s nightmare.
“I have been staying here for at least four years and the roads seem to keep getting worse. Despite notifying authorities multiple times, nothing has happened,” a local resident laments.
According to reports, the road has not been fixed due to a public spat between the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and the Telangana Roads & Buildings (R&B) department.
In January this year, the Executive Engineer of R&B department wrote to the GHMC, stating that there was a large amount of drain water flowing from a nearby colony and restaurant onto the roads, creating these craters.
The water then gradually flows into Old Nallgandla village, giving the residents a hard time. While the residents have since managed to block the flow of sewage into their colony, the water now stagnates on the road itself.
The R&B Department has said that it has plans to convert the area into a six-lane road, but can’t do so, until the GHMC fixes the sewage issue.
Things escalated to the extent that the department even filed a complaint with the Chandanagar police station against the GHMC.
“The GHMC has been served many notices to rectify the poor sewage line that is directly coming onto the road. The civic body, in turn, blocked the stormwater culvert which damaged the road,” Shyam Sudarshan, an engineer with R&B had said at the time.
Another thing making the roads worse is the constant passing of heavy vehicles.
The residents of Nallgandla are also embroiled in a conflict at present, over the municipal body’s decision to convert a notified park into a garbage segregation point.
Last week, the Pollution Control Board (PCB) issued a notice to the West Zone of the GHMC after a complaint by the local residents.
Rock Garden in Nallagandla area was a designated park under the then Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) layout released in 2010.
The municipal body, on the other hand, claims that this is a ‘temporary move’until a better location is identified.
“In this regard, as per the representation of the residents of Nallgandla, it is observed that garbage dumping is taking place unscientifically in the area earmarked for a park,” the PCB noted.
However, as a consequence of the segregation point being located amidst residential colonies, large garbage trucks continue to ply on these same roads.
“The GHMC has confirmed that 50 trucks and 300 smaller vehicles transport garbage in the area, which means a lot of movement of these large trucks on a daily basis, worsening the state of the road,” says Vivekanand, a local resident.