Moving one step closer to resolve the most contentious issue of flood-affected Osman Nagar area, the officials of Jalpally Municipality have finally begun the reconstruction works of Osman Nagar Lake bund – that breached during last year’s deluge and leaves a trail of destruction in nearby areas. With this the residents living around the water body might feel a sigh of relief atleast for now though a lot more has to be done to put the things in order in the flood hit areas.
For the last one year, the Jalpally municipality cut out for the task to flush out water from the inundated areas to provide succor to the people living nearby areas in dire straits. This includes spending of funds to the tune of several lakhs rupees to lay a separate pipe line at Venkatapuram area and to reconstruct the bund to prevent water from flowing freely into surrounding areas.
“As an impromptu measure a 540 meters long bund is being reconstructed with a cost of around Rs.20 lakhs sanctioned by the district collector Rangareddy on the representation of Minister for Education P.Sabitha Indra Reddy and the MP Asad Owaisi. This would someway help the lake to hold back the water flowing freely into nearby localities for several months after it developed a breach last year. We are hopeful that the situation like last year will not convulse again this time and everything will improve gradually,” said Abdallah Sadi, Chairman Jalpally Municipality.
The government, he said, also planned to promote a walking track around the Osman Nagar Lake fully protected with fencing with a cost of Rs.9 crore as a part of a new beautification project around the lake. This would help the local people enjoy walking over the lakeside everyday in the morning. Though only walking track works have taken up, the fencing work with gates on two sides will be completed soon.
The Jalpally Municipality after coming into existence in the year 2016, have faced its first ever difficult situation last year in the month of October when the incessant rains left several water bodies on both the sides on the Firangi Nala – flowing all the way from Vicarabad District, completely brimmed and broken causing a heavy deluge especially in Osman Nagar Lake.
The colonies that were severely affected due to swarming flood last year includes Osman Nagar, Saif Colony, Habeeb Colony, Saif-II, Abdallah Yahya Nagar, American Township in Jalpally area and Venkatapur on Badangpet side. All these colonies together carry around six thousand houses embanking the lake.