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HYDERABAD: It has been about two weeks since heavy rains wreaked havoc in several parts of the city. However, even as the rains receded, and most areas recovered from inundation, residents of Osman Nagar, on the outskirts of Old City, are still reeling under the flood impact.
With over 200 houses still submerged in surplus water from Osman Nagar Lake, algae and sewage, angry locals allege that their pleas to officials to drain out excess water have fallen on deaf ears. Officials, however, said that many houses have been built on lake FTL area which was why they were still under water.
The entire locality had been under water for about six months after the floods of October 2020. Residents claim that closure of outlet channels to protect nearby colonies from getting flooded was one of the reasons for flooding last year. “After last year’s flood, education minister Sabita Indira Reddy had inspected the area and later officials of Jalpally municipality started constructing the bund to stop the surplus water from Osman Nagar Lake flooding the area. But that has not stopped the water from flooding the area,” said Summaya Begum, a resident of Osman Nagar.
Waheed Ahmed (65), who has been sleeping in a nearby mosque since the recent rains, said, “My entire house is filled with rainwater. It is not true that we have encroached the lake FTL. These houses were sold to us by previous owners and have got them registered legally.”
But officials of Jalpally municipality said that several affected houses were on the lake’s FTL area. “We cannot do anything about it as the case is pending in high court. We have arranged for temporary shelters and started reconstructing the bund to prevent flooding,” said G Praveen Kumar, commissioner, Jalpally municipality.


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