3 tanks breached, 53 tanks damaged in heavy rains

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Hyderabad, Oct 21: Principal Secretary (Water Resources) Rajat Kumar, on the direction from Chief Minister, has formed 15 teams to examine the tanks in the city in the wake of heavy rains during the last 10 days.

Informing this at a press conference here, Kumar, flanked by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, said that the teams consisting of 2-3 members and one GHMC official  in each team would visit the tanks and take necessary steps to strengthen it after examining them.

Kumar said 101 tanks out of about 46,000 tanks were breached and 78 tanks were damaged across the state due to heavy rains.

In Hyderabad alone, there were a total of 185 tanks. Of them, three–Gurram Cheruvu (Balapur), Palle Cheruvu and Appa Cheruvu were breached and 53 tanks damaged.

The three breached tanks were also repaired within 12 hours, Kumar said and added that all the 185 tanks were filled to the brim and overflowing.

He stated that we need Rs 10 crore for the temporary repairs of the tanks and Rs 40 crore for permanent repairs.

Three people were washed away in the tank breach incident.

They were washed away when they were standing on the breached tank and watching it, the Water Resources Principal Secretary said.

He called upon the people to stay at home during heavy rains.

Kumar said that the Zonal Commissioners has the power to release Rs 20 lakh. The amount might be enough to repair 99 per cent of damages of the tanks in the city.

Stating that he is not denying encroachments of tanks, the Principal Secretary said the government has identified some of them and action will be taken.

Responding to submerging incident of Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) Pump house, he said the reason was yet to be ascertained.

The exact cause would be known only after dewatering the pump house. About 50 per cent of dewatering was over, he added.

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