Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao announced that a month-long special drive would be conducted in Warangal City to remove all the encroachments on drains.
A Task Force to this effect was formed headed by the Warangal Urban district Collector Rajiv Hanmanthu as Chairman Police Commissioner as Co-Chairman, Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Water Resources SE, and Warangal Urban RDO, national Highways Authority SE as members to oversee the encroachments. Principle Secretary Aravind Kumar issued orders to this effect.
Announcing to this effect after touring the flood-affected areas in Warangal city, KT Rama Rao said the Committee will identify encroachments on floodwater, drainage and sewerage canals and remove them. He also announced Rs 25 Crore funds to restore the damaged roads and other infrastructure due to heavy rains and floods and announced more funds would be released if need be after the officials concerned make estimates of the damage.
“When we toured several areas in the city, people have unanimously told us that it was due to encroachments of drains that prevented the flood water to go out and it resulted in inundation of roads and flooding of the residential areas. Whatever the people said is very true. There are several illegal encroachments of the drains in the city. They have to be removed immediately. There will not be any compromise on this issue. There will not be any political pressure on the matter. Get heavy machinery to demolish and remove major constructions. Start removing the illegal encroachments, which are already identified. Examine if any obstructions are there for the water flow in drains.
The Minister further announced” “If they happen to be houses of the poor, assure them that 2 BHK houses will be constructed and given to them as compensation. If the encroachment is registered, pay them the compensation. In any case, remove all the encroachments of the drains, construct retaining walls so that there will not be any encroachments in future. Remove silt from the Aqua duct Canal of SRSP Canal”.
“Encroachments of drains in Warangal are not a new feature, it has been happening for a long time. In the past, construction of houses, laying of roads, Layouts were not done in a proper way. Henceforth it will not be the case. Everything will happen properly. We have brought in the New Municipal Act to ensure proper development of the Cities. Along with this, a new Master Plan is prepared for Warangal City. We will announce it with acceptance of the CM. With these two, newly TS B Pass also came. Henceforth, constructions in Warangal should be done in tune with the New Act, policies and plans. The development in the city should take place in a planned manner but not in a haphazard way,” KTR explained.
“Warangal population has reached 11 Lakh now. The population may increase in future and employees and staff should be increased based on the growth of population. Mechanization of sanitary works is necessary. Use sweeping machines in the city,” said KTR.