Years of Poor Urban Planning Contributed to the Hyderabad Flash Floods -Gali Nagaraja
Parties across the spectrum seem unwilling to take the issue seriously, experts and civil society experts say.
Hyderabad: While Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) has touted Hyderabad as a ‘global city’, the capital was hit by flash floods earlier this week and has remained cut off from the rest of the world after major roads were washed away. Experts have attributed this turn of events to poor urban planning, a woeful drainage system and the pitiable condition of the Musi river, multiple streams and water-storage tanks, as a result of unplanned urbanisation.
Most parts of Hyderabad lost power and internet connectivity for two days following the floods. The state government has already estimated the losses to amount to Rs 5,000 crore. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, chief minister KCR sought immediate relief of Rs 1,350 crore from the Centre.
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TheWire.in, 16 October, 2020, https://thewire.in/environment/hyderabad-floods-urban-planning-musi-river