August 13, 2008

Residents Having Houses on Lake Beds Issued Notices

HYDERABAD: The Rangareddy district administration will issue notices to all residents who constructed houses on lake beds.

"We will issue notices to citizens who had constructed their houses within the full tank level (FTL) of lakes. Legal action will be taken against them," Rangareddy collector M Dana Kishore said here on Sunday.

According to officials, notices would be given to them under the Panchayat Act and Irrigation Act. When questioned about the timing of issuing notices, Dana Kishore said it was meant to deter others and caution the squatters .

"If we do not warn them, they will face the same problem every year. We have asked officials to identify the residents. They will be given houses under government schemes," the collector added. In Hyderabad's Nadeem colony near Towli Choki, which was built over a former water body, the scene is completely different. Many families who are reluctant to vacate houses because of storm water inundation are enjoying joy rides on boats kept for relief operations . "People who stayed back are enjoying boat rides," Mohammed Raziuddin, deputy executive engineer, GHMC, said. Of 17 water bodies in Ranga Reddy district, 10 were in dangerous state till Sunday morning. "Water levels receded in all water bodies, but FTL is being maintained," said a senior official.

Rangareddy officials have taken a decision to buy four boats immediately because of severe shortage faced by officials on Saturday night. "We had lot of difficulty in rescuing six people in Sultan Palli grampanchayat, Shamshabad mandal. We could not get boat on time from the tourism department . Hence, we have decided to buy mechanical boats as rains are expected in the next 48 hours," the official said.

Frantic calls bombard fire dept

Fire department had a tough time on Sunday due to incessant rains as people made frantic calls on the fire helpline to send tenders to bail out water. Tenders from fire stations in Moghalpura, Langar Houz, Secunderabad and Musheerabad were sent to Santoshnagar, Alpha Houz, KIMS Hospital, Shivam Road to clear knee-deep water from apartment cellars. Calls kept pouring in through the day but due to helplessness with just ten vehicles at its disposal, the department staff passed on numbers of GHMC emergency squad to the callers.

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