Musi clean-up gains pace

With complaints pouring in all from quarters about rampant dumping of Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris in River Musi, especially near Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has commenced clearing the waste from the river. As per preliminary estimations prepared by the civic body, nearly 12 lakh metric tonnes has been dumped, over the months, at various points in the river channel criss-cross the city for more than 57 kms.

Tthe C&D waste has accumulated in heaps at Chaderghat, Wahednagar, Durganagar (Amberpet mandal), Chaderghat bridge (Himayathnagar mandal), Shivaji Nagar (Nampally mandal), behind Darbar Maisamma temple (Charminar mandal), Teegalaguda and Moosarambagh (Saidabad), Jiyaguda Kamela (Rajendranagar mandal), Nagole bridge and Devendernagar (Uppal mandal) and Parvathpur (Medipally mandal).

Nearly 50 trucks and 10 earth movers have been pressed into service to clear the waste. Each of the truck has been assigned to daily make four trips and clear about 200 loads of waste from the river, said a senior official from GHMC. Officials claim already one lakh metric tonne of waste has been cleared from different areas and transported to Fathullaguda, Jeedimetla and Kothwalguda.

Some cases have already been booked against persons responsible for dumping the waste in the river, the officials said. Also, measures such as mesh and retaining wall have been set up at some places along the river to prevent dumping.

GHMC collecting construction debris

The GHMC has commenced collection of construction and demolition debris from different parts of the city and those availing the service can contact its call centre 21111111 or Myghmc mobile app. The civic body collects Rs 342 per tonne as user charges for transporting the C&D waste to the exclusive dumpyards in Fathullaguda and Jeedimetla. Every day, an estimated 450 metric tonnes of C&D waste is generated in the city mostly from demolition of old and dilapidate buildings, road works and road digging works.

Clear unauthorised structures, says KTR

Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao directed Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Musi River Front Development Corporation (MRFDC) to clear the unauthorised structures on the river Musi bed.The Hyderabad district administration will be launching the comprehensive enumeration programme for identifying the unauthorised structures in the river. This apart, reports were being prepared on the rehabilitation plans for the poor living on the river banks.

During a meeting with MRFDC, the GHMC and other departments here on Thursday, the Minister reviewed the Musi beautification and development plans. International agencies and architects are working on preparing the beautification plans. Measures were being taken for the relief and rehabilitation of the poor, who live on the banks for livelihood, in the existing VAMBAY and JNNURM houses in different areas, they said.Further to avoid any encroachments on the banks, the Minister instructed the officials to install surveillance cameras at different locations, besides intensifying regular monitoring. Directions were also issued to set up warning boards as well, said a press release.