HYDERABAD: The problem of sewage overflow that has been troubling commuters and residents near Shanti Nagar police quarters in Asif Nagar for several days was finally cleared after the grievance was aired on TOI’s citizen reporter app.
After it was published in these columns on July 7, officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) swung into action and resolved the issue within a week.

According to the local residents, the issue of drainage overflow was persisting for several days before the officials took stock of the matter recently.
“The sewage overflowing right in front of some of the houses in the colony was causing severe inconvenience to commuters. The situation gets worse during rains because the entire street gets flooded, and people riding two-wheelers skid and suffer injuries. Thanks to the civic authorities for promptly addressing the leakage in a timely manner after it was brought to their notice just a few days ago,” said Syed Shamshuddin, the citizen reporter who highlighted the issue.
Residents said that the mosquito menace in the area has reduced significantly after the sewage problem was fixed by the concerned departments.
“Earlier, there was a bad smell and increase in mosquito breeding in the area. We were not even able to keep a single window of the house open the entire day because there was always a risk of getting infected by seasonal disease. We are thankful that the problem has been resolved now,” said P Karthikeyan, a resident of Asif Nagar.
Meanwhile, the GHMC mayor Gadwal Vijayalakshmi who has been inspecting the sanitation works across the city directed the GHMC officials to resolve the issue of garbage dumping and open drains. On the other hand, the HMWSSB officials have also taken up a series of safety measures amid the monsoon. In a meeting held recently, the water board officials were instructed by HMWSSB managing director Dana Kishore that issues pertaining to sewage overflow and contaminated draining water should be fixed on war footing.


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