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Hyderabad: GHMC to entrust sewerage upkeep to HMWSSB in Rajendranagar

Hyderabad: GHMC to entrust sewerage upkeep to HMWSSB in Rajendranagar
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As part of a change of guard, the GHMC is gradually shifting the responsibility of supervising sewerage system to HMWSSB in peripheral areas.

Rajendranagar: As part of a change of guard, the GHMC is gradually shifting the responsibility of supervising sewerage system to HMWSSB in peripheral areas. GHMC Rajendranagar circle No.11 is one among 12 Municipalities that was selected for transfer of sewerage system through GO Ms No. 454 MA&UD (Engg 2), issued on December 31, 2019.

A meeting was held in this regard at GHMC Office Rajendranagar, which was chaired by Zonal Commissioner Charminar Ashok Samrat, where officials from GHMC and HMWSWB Division No. 16, Rajendranagar were present on Tuesday.

According to officials, the government ordered the transfer of the sewerage system of peripheral circles of GHMC to Water Board that includes the payment of general maintenance expenditure towards maintenance and repairs of damaged pipelines and manholes. It was instructed to the department concerned to hand over the total sewerage system of peripheral circles i.e. total 66 wards to HMWS&SB along with all the hired machinery. "It was against this backdrop a meeting was held in the office of the GHMC Rajendranagar yesterday to set the transition process into motion. According to officials 336 kilometers of sewerage system under GHMC Rajendranagar is being handed over to HMWSSB," informed an official.

During the meeting, the ZC informed the officials that the change of guard would come into effect from March 1 and there would be no role of the GHMC in maintaining the sewerage system henceforth. As per the transition process, all the mini suction-cum-jetting machines of the 66 wards in the peripheral municipalities including Rajendranagar shall be handed over by February 29 along with the air-tech machines to HMWS&SB.

Officials including General Manager HMWSSB Div 16, K Prabhakar Rao, DGM Jameel Altaf Hussain, Deputy Commissioner (Rajedranagar), Pradeep Kumar, EE GHMC Engineering Wing, Anaiah, besides Assistant Engineers, Deputy Engineers, sanitary inspectors of GHMC and all the managers of HMWSSB Rajendranagar were present in this meeting.

With the transition of responsibility, the people of Rajendranagar hope the provision and maintenance of sewerage would now become a hassle-free process as several areas were lagging behind the facility. "This is really a welcome move by the government as the GHMC is not competent enough to deal with sewerage issues here. Several colonies especially Shastripuram, which is the oldest HUDA approved residential colony here in Rajendranagar, has been deprived of with the sewerage facility since inception," said Syed Shoukat Ali, a resident of Shasripuram Colony.

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