What comes as a surprise for everyone, the Minister for Education P.Sabitha Indra Reddy, who also represents the Maheshwaram constituency, has made a visit to Burhankhan Lake in Jalpally Municipality to ascertain the situation of Osman Nagar – an area that is remained submerged in the water since the last two years due to flood in the year 2020.
Accompanied by a team of officials from Municipality and Irrigation Department, the minister took stock of the situation at the Lake area and issued some impromptu instructions to Commissioner Jalpally Municipality G.P.Kumar. During the visit she discussed the water inundation issue in length with the officials.
Apprising the minister about the issues around the Lake and the legal matters pending before the High Court and Lokayokta, the officials said legal glitches and inclement weather last year has resulted into a delay in finding an appropriate solution for the inundation issue. The minister asked them to find a permanent solution to the Osman Nagar issue on par with the areas around Meerpet Lake.
It is learnt that the Minister asked the officials to prepare a plan for a sewerage diversion lane to a length upto 9.27 kilometers. With an estimation of Rs.30 crores, the lane will be constructed to ensure diversion of sewerage of surrounding colonies to Musi River via Balapur Lake and Kothamanikunta.
Later, the minister informed that Osman Nagar inundation issue will see a permanent solution soon. The government is committed to bring a concrete solution in the days to come that will give a sigh of relief to the people of Osman Nagar.
She also expressed her displeasure over the way the matter of Osman Nagar was dragged and played into the hands of some vested interest.
“Unknowingly some people are trying to seek a legal remedy to the issue and this has actually aggravated the situation here instead of bringing a solution. Though we have laid a pipeline at Venkatapur to drain out water and even done repair works at the bund area to prevent water from marking into colonies but all that was not completely worked out,” she explained.
“Apart from monsoon showers, the sewerage flowing from surrounding colonies ferment the issue further and also playing spoil spot,” she said, adding that “It is against this background we have decided to emulate the idea of Meerpet area where we have successfully dealt with inundation issue by laying outlet.”
To bring a permanent solution, the Minister said, a proposal of Rs.30 crore funds will be placed before the government for laying a diversion lane around Burhankhan Lake through which the filth being generated from surrounding colonies will be diverted and the issue will be resolved.