With a fresh warning issued by the authorities of HMWS&SB claiming that Osman Sagar Lake – another tributary of Esi River, has received a significant increase in its storage capacity and accordingly the gates can be open anytime soon, the countdown has begun yet again.
Following the announcement, panic grips again the people of catchment areas where the situation has already turned volatile ever since the crest gates of Himayath Sagar have opened to release flood water into Musi River.
Only last week the authorities of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) lifted the gates of Himayath Sagar to release floodwater into Musi River after the storage capacity in the lake reached its full capacity of 1773.50 feet.
Now, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has issued a letter today to the Commissioner Cyberabad of Police apprising him about the present situation created out of significant surge being witnessed in the capacity of Osman Sagar.
Meanwhile, according to the official statistics being issued by HMWS&SB today, the present storage level in Osman Sagar has swung up to 1786.175 feet @ 3.045 TMC as against the full tank level of 1790 feet @ 3.90 TMC.
This is because the catchment areas of the lake are witnessing incessant rains since two weeks causing heavy inflows into the lake.
“To safeguard the dam the flood gates of Osman Sagar reservoir need to be pull up any time soon if the storage level touches the mark of 1789.00 feet just a one feet short of full tank level,” the letter said requesting the Police commissioner to alert concern police authorities in downstream areas of the reservoir and along the Musi river.
Meanwhile, vehemently criticizing the authorities of the HMWS&SB for contemplating to open crest gates of Osman Sagar, the right activist Dr.Lubna Sawrath said, on what premise the authorities have decided to open the gates while there are no measures taken to evict the unprecedented level of encroachments over the water body. “Despite all my representations asking for an explanation about the measures taken up by the authorities to evict the encroachment no response has been made yet nor any concrete steps taken up to remove encroachments,” she asserted.