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SECUNDERABAD: Over 500 families residing in several colonies near Hasmathpet lake antipate a flood-like situation this year too.
The residents say that despite last year’s floods, the engineering wing of the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) has not rebuilt the retaining walls to prevent flooding of nearby areas.
“Last year in October, we were one of the most affected people in the city due to the floods. One or two parts of the wall which separate the colony and the nala had collapsed due to the flooding of the nala after the Hasmathpet Lake gates were opened,” Girish Pranav, a resident of Royal Enclave, told STOI.
The resident said during the recent rains that lasted for 15 minutes, there was an increase in the water level of the open nala. “If heavy rains occur during the monsoon, the nala can overflow and it can be a very big problem for hundreds of families. Despite alerting the SCB about the issue, there is no response,” he said.
Another resident of the same locality, Ramesh Reddy, said that the flood-prone areas can be inundated again if officials don not take up civic works on the nalas and lakes.
“Residents of these colonies have complained to the engineering wing officials about the issue but nothing is being done,” he said.
SCB additional engineer Gopal Krishna Das said, “Contractors have delayed taking up nala repair works. We were supposed to complete the civic works ahead of monsoon as per the schedule.”

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