Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) plans to construct 146 km of vacuum dewatered cement concrete (VDCC) roads this financial year with an outlay of Rs 158.67 crore. Over ten kilometers of these planned works have already been completed by August.
The proposed works are estimated to cost Rs 14.71 crore in LB Nagar, Rs 29.72 crore in Charminar, Rs 40.74 crore in Khairatabad, Rs 6.43 crore in Serilingampally, Rs 11.36 crore in Kukatpally, and Rs 55.71 crore in Secunderabad.
When compared with main roads, these roads are being laid where water stagnation is a recurring problem. Water stagnation and road damage are prevented by the VDCC road. An official from the GHMC said that it also improves the strength and life of the road.
Monsoon teams at GHMC have been halved
Although the city grapples with waterlogging and inundation due to the incessant rains, the GHMC’s monsoon emergency teams have reduced by almost 50%, leaving thousands of waterlogging complaints unattended.
GHMC set up 324 monsoon emergency teams last year, which have now been reduced to 168. GHMC’s disaster management wing has 16 disaster response teams (DRF) in addition to these 168 monsoon emergency teams.
After assessing the flood situations in 2020 and 2021, officials pruned the emergency teams. A number of residents have taken to Twitter to complain that their complaints about waterlogging have yet to be addressed despite having raised them in multiple forums.
As a result of the heavy rains last year, 324 teams repaired 3,900 manholes with 200 motor pumps to deal with inundation. The teams deployed at 1,456 water stagnation points alone between July 1 and July 22 this year. Additionally, 419 fallen trees were cleared throughout the city.
There are currently 168 teams, including mobile monsoon emergency teams, mini-mobile monsoon emergency teams, and static labor teams. The majority of them are stationed in low-lying areas of the city.
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