HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation commissioner, Somesh Kumar, directed executive engineers to plan a comprehensive strategy to tackle the problem of pothole-ridden roads and a deadline for executing the same. In the review meeting on Wednesday, Somesh Kumar said that the executive engineers should be in a position to give a declaration that all roads within their jurisdiction are free from road cuttings and potholes.
During the meeting the commissioner wondered why couldn’t the engineering department use a ready mix or ‘Shellmac’ (a mix which can be used directly on wet roads) and fill up all potholes overnight. He promised to sanction all proposals put forward by the engineering wing.
Somesh Kumar said that debris removal from the Central Zone has become a perennial problem and directed the officials to plan in a systematic way for its removal. He directed the engineering officials to improve the mechanism of emergency control rooms and to submit a report on tree falls, water logging points, inundation of low-lying areas and building collapse, if any, on a daily basis.
He also directed the officials to prepare a proforma on all low lying areas in GHMC limits by duly giving details such as population, reasons for inundation, contact person of that area and a list of rehabilitation centres in case of emergency.
He has also directed the officials to strengthen the monsoon teams and said that they should be near the stagnation points whenever there are heavy rains.
The Commissioner further suggested that all the problematic areas be bifurcated into two categories, technical problem and implementation problem.