The frequent blasting using sandblasting method to cut the boulders in nearby real estate ventures has created flutter among the residents of Hanuman Nagar, near the Manasa Hills area under Rajendranagar.
In a devastating incident that happened on 14th February post noon, atleast 10 houses were damaged, but luckily no one was injured. However, the horrendous sound of the blast shook the entire area and left the people frightened. However, despite the local people lodge a complaint with the police, the situation remains unchanged and the blasting continues in the area day in and day out leaving the people completely shattered.
It is said that the builders, chalking out real estate ventures, are using a sandblasting method to cut the boulders much to the chagrin of nearby people who are already startled with the hide and seek of an elusive leopard that goes on a hunting spree every night in the area.
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“Asbestos roofs of atleast 10 nearby houses were damaged due to the horrendous sound of the blast. The blast left holes in the roofs of several dwellings revealing the sky from inside. The rubble of asbestos, that blew up in the air with the blast strewn around all over the area. Despite lodging a complaint to the police the same day, the blasting in the areas remain continued. We have been living in the area since last 30 years but could not come across such things so far except the hunting on a frequent hunt,” informed Ramulu, a resident of Hanuman Nagar, near Manasa Hills, Rajendranagar.
Only a day ahead of an alleged leopard attack on a cow during wee hours of 15th February at a farm house close to ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Rajendranagar – an area just stone through away from the Manasa Hills, the incident of blast has happened on 15th February that left the people completely shuddered and frightened.
When contacted, the Circle Inspector Rajendranagar Police Station K. Kanakaiah said, “They are carrying out sandblasting after taking permission from the police. However, we have told the contractor to carry out the blasting in a very careful manner that no one would get hurt from the exercise.”
This area is a home to several important government establishments that includes ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Rajendranagar, National Institute of Rural development (NIRD), National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM, ICAR), Sri Konda Laxman Telangana State Horticultural University, National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) besides institutions like Veterinary, Plant, Rice research and capacity building resource centres.