In the wake of IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) warning that the Telangana state will receive heavy rains in the next two days and threat of very heavy rains is looming large, Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao said that the government is ready to face any eventuality and instructed the officials to be on alert. The state was already flooded with heavy rains for two weeks and the canals, water bodies and ponds will overflow in heavy rains in the next two days. The CM appealed people to be on alert and adopt self-protection measures. People have been requested cancel their unnecessary travel plans.
The river Godavari has been overflowing from its birth place at Trimbakeshwar in Maharastra to Bay of Bengal and the tributaries are also flooding. The CM said that it is testing time for the state administration to protect people from the natural calamity. He said that the entire administration should be on alert and take up rescue operations ensuring no loss of life like in the recent floods. He said that the government is ready to extend all kinds of assistance.
Employees should not leave head quarters
CM said that all the departments extending emergency services along with the other wings which are assisting in the heavy rains should not leave their works places at any cost. He instructed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to issue circulars in this regard immediately.
The Chief minister held a high-level meeting on heavy rains and floods situation in Pragathi Bhavan. Ministers Sri T. Harish Rao, Sri Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Rajya Sabha members Sri Devikonda Damodar Rao, MLCs Sri Sirikonda Madhusudana Chary, Sri Dande Vitthal, Sri Shamboor Raju, MLA Sri Balka Suman, Chief Advisor to the Government Sri Rajeev Sharma, Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, DGP Sri Mahender Reddy, Special Chief Secretary to Finance Sri Ramakrishna Rao, Irrigation Special Chief Secretary Sri Rajat Kumar, Special Chief Secretary to Energy Sri Sunil Sharma, Panchayat Raj Department Secretary Sri Sandeep Kumar Sultania, Health Secretary Sri Rizvi, CM Secretaries Sri Sheshadri, Smt. Smita Sabharwal, Sri Rahul Bojja, TSPDCL CMD Sri Raghumareddy, Municipal Director Sri Satyanarayana, GHMC Commissioner Sri Lokesh Kumar, R&B ENC Sri Ganapathy Reddy, Irrigation ENC Sri Hariram, Mission Bhagiratha ENC Sri Krupakar Reddy, Panchayat Raj ENC Sri Sanjeeva Rao, Transport Secretary Sri Srinivasaraju, Hyderabad City Police Commissioner Sri CV Anand, Rachakonda CP Sri Mahesh Bhagwat, Cyberabad CP Sri Stephen Ravindra, Additional DG Law and Order Sri Jitender and others participated.
River Godavari will be in spate:
The Chief minister warned the threat of increasing flood levels in Godavari is more from tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon due to incessant rains and the IMD warning. He said that all Ministers, MLAs and people representatives in Godavari catchment area should be on alert. The officials of all departments have been asked to coordinate among themselves and ready to shift people from the submerged areas to the safe places. The CM said that he already spoke to district Collectors and gave suggestions. The heavy rains are likely to continue till August first week. He said that concrete measures should be taken in the more flood prone and submerged areas in Ramannagudem, Eturunagar and other places around Bhadrachalam.
Keep ready two Choppers
The CM instructed Chief Secretary to keep ready two choppers in addition to the one kept already in the state capital. One chopper will be kept in Mulugu and the other one in Kothagudem. He said that health camps will be conducted in Khamam and Kothagudem. CM instructed Disaster Management Secretary Rahul Bojja to keep ready NDRF and rescue teams for emergency purposes.
Discharge floods waters immediately
The CM made it clear that floods coming from above Godavari will be released by lifting the gates instantly. He instructed Rajath Kumar “Release water outflows which is equal to inflows and ensure no stoppage of water”.
No Pollution of drinking water
CM instructed Krupakar Reddy to take all necessary steps to check the pollution of drinking water supplied through Mission Bhagiratha. He asked the officials on alert at Dindi, Pakala, Vyra and Paliar which received heavy flows.
Be ready to tackle any situation
The CM suggested Medical and Health, Panchayat Raj, Energy, R and B, Municipal Administration and Mission Bhagiratha wings should be on alert. He instructed the DGP to ensure all police officials from SI and CI and also staff in the headquarters stay in their offices.
Software to predict flood levels in advance
The Chief minister examined the new software “Flood forecast and management system” developed by the state irrigation department. State Special Chief Secretary to Irrigation Rajat Kumar informed the chief minister about the recording of hourly changing flood flows through the satellite and its scientific analysis from Godavari catchment areas. Rajat Kumar explained that the available new technology is the first of its kind developed by the state irrigation department. The CM congratulated the officials. The software will be useful to shift people to safe places from the submerged areas by estimating the flood levels in advance due to heavy rains.
CM enquires Hyderabad situation
The Chief Minister enquired with the ministers and officials about the status of flood flow system in the Greater Hyderabad limits, the status of water bodies and ponds in Jalpally and Peerjadiguda municipal limits and supply of power during heavy rains and floods with MA&UD Special Chief secretary Arvind Kumar and GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar.
Ensure no spread of Communicable diseases and loss of life
The Chief minister said that the government’s performance relied on mitigating hardships of the people and ensure no loss of life. He urged the administrative mechanism to put more efforts to save people in the wake of the reports of heavy rains. CM discussed with Health minister about the readiness of health department, measures taken by the officials in this regard. CM said that the threat of communicable diseases is more after the floods and heavy rains and hence take necessary steps.
The CM Applauds officials
The chief minister praised health officials including the health Director for discharging their duties efficiently. CM instructed the health authorities to take all preventive measures to curb the spread of Dengue because the outbreak of dengue reported every five years. The chief minister directed the Municipal Commissioners, ZP CEOs, MPDOs, Panchayat Raj and Health wing officials to be alert round the clock and give up neglect during the two-day holiday period.
Revive the road transport system in timely
The Chief Minister instructed Road and Buildings Minister V Prashant Reddy to repair the roads damaged due to heavy rains and revive the transportation system. He enquired about the damage of roads in Greater Hyderabad. R and B minister V Prashant Reddy informed the CM that the works at the damaged national high highways are in the progress.
Take steps to not submergence of Sub – Stations
The CM instructed the Energy official Raghuma Reddy to record the contour levels at substations and ensure no submergence of the stations. He sought the details of functioning of 11 KV substations.