HYDERABAD: Though it has already been three weeks since intense rainfall flooded the IT corridor, the underpass at Hitec City MMTS station is still submerged in drain water.The underpass is an important link for traffic proceeding from Kukatpally to Hitec City. The dirty water with foul smell causes inconvenience to both pedestrians and motorists. “Our feet burn after walking through the water,” said Lakshmi, a daily commuter.
“The problem has been there for many years. Drain water overflows on to roads even on days when it does not rain. Cars just speed through roads, spilling the drain water on our clothes,” she added.
“I need to put my legs on top of my foot guard whenever I travel through the particular stretch and it is not that it is a new problem. The problem has been there for three years,” said Akshay Kumar, another techie.
However, GHMC said that the particular stretch falls under purview of the Centre which was stopping them from acting on the issue.
“Since the train passes over the bridge, the stretch at both the underpass bridges across the track has to be built by them or they should ask us to do it,” said T Dasharath, deputy commissioner, Circle 14 B. He added that the local corporator and other GHMC officials had tried to find a solution, but in vain.
Madhapur area, which recorded two highest spells of rainfall, faced severe flooding and traffic snarls during the recent heavy rainfall.
Biodiversity drainage pipelines still under construction
One of the worst affected areas in the entire IT corridor after the heavy rains were the drainage pipelines at Biodiversity Park, which got clogged causing sewage water to overflow on the roads. The GHMC has started building new canals. “The canals will be 7 meters long and two meters wide, so that high volumes of water can pass through them in case of flash floods. A part of the road will be closed for at least two months until the work is done,” said ER Krishna, superintendent engineer of GHMC in West Zone.