Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) sanctioned Rs. 210.24 crore for the construction and remodelling of nalas in the south zone between 2014-2018, according to an RTI reply.

The RTI was filed by the Society for Safety of Public and Good Governance.

The south zone of the GHMC includes Dabeerpura, Malakpet, Yakutpur, Hashamabad, Akbarnagar, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Bandlaguda, Mustafa Nagar, Falaknuma, and Rajendra Nagar. A total of 32 major nalas, a total length of 57.78 km, comes under these areas.

Between 2014 and 2018, 46 construction and remodelling works were taken up in the south zone. The highest amount, Rs. 25 crores, was spent on building retaining walls on either side of Murki nala from Sunny Garden to Shivaji Nagar. Also, Rs. 20 crores was spent on remodelling Murki nala from Pallecheruvu to Alinagar on either side.

During the recent floods in the city, the bund of Appa Cheruvu had developed a breach as it was unable to withstand the huge inflow from Brahmandla Kunta, another water body located upstream and linked to a few other nalas downstream.

Following the floods, the Telangana government decided to set up a special wing for the protection and conservation of water bodies in the GHMC limits and said that all lakes and nalas in Hyderabad city will be cleaned on a war-footing.

The RTI also revealed that more than Rs. 670 crores was sanctioned between 2014-2018 for the construction of four flyovers in the south zone by the ministry of municipal administration and urban development.

In another RTI reply, it is revealed that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has spent Rs 2.23 crore for filling potholes in Kukatpally and Serilingampally constituencies in two years.

In an RTI reply to the Society for Safety of Public and Good Governance, the GHMC said that they have sanctioned a total budget of Rs 2,23,90,000 for filling the potholes from 2017 to 2019.

The report stated that potholes were filled in the wards of Old Bowenpally, Balanagar, Kukatpally, Vivekanada Nagar, Hyder Nagar and Alwyn Colony.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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