In an ambitious exercise, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has taken up works to desilt the entire length of Nala across the city with the target of completing it by the month-end.
To ensure the 806 km Nala network that crisscrosses the city is free of accumulated silt and allows free flow of the rain run-off during monsoon, the civic body has initiated works at an estimated cost of Rs 38.24 crore.
According to the GHMC, the nala and storm water drain network in Greater Hyderabad limits spans over 1,000 km, including 216 major nalas and 735 km of pipeline drains and small size drains.
The tender process has been completed for works costing Rs 38.24 crore with machines to be used for major nalas and recyclers for clearing pipeline drains while smaller ones are to be cleared manually, the GHMC said in a press release.
Unlike earlier years, when nalas were desilted just before monsoon and stopped later, the civic body has now decided to make it a year-long exercise and accordingly the tendering was taken up. The engineering wing of the civic body has already taken up the process with machines in 83 major nalas, recyclers in 23 drains and manual cleaning in 214 small nalas. The contractors selected for the tasks have been made responsible for not just clearing but also shifting the desilted waste to the nearest dumping yard.
GHMC Commissioner M. Dana Kishore issued instructions to officials to ensure that 100 per cent desiltation works were completed by May-end and keep cleaning the nalas as and when required during the rains.
To ensure there were no complaints in these works, a social audit concept was also being introduced and engineers were directed to get the work progress attested by prominent citizens of a given area.