In preparation for the upcoming monsoon season, the hyderabad municipal corporation-Latest Updates, Photos, Videos are a click away, CLICK NOW'>greater hyderabad municipal corporation (GHMC) plans to deploy a range of strengthened safety measures on all manholes in the city. Within a week, all manholes will be covered with grills, those on arterial roads will be painted red, and those that have been classified as unsafe or prone to flooding will be marked with a red flag.
The ghmc manages a 5,767-kilometer sewage network within the city, with municipalities on the periphery responsible for an additional 4,200 km. There are over 635,000 manholes, including 63,221 classified as deep manholes, with around 42% of them placed inside ghmc boundaries.

During a discussion on the monsoon action plan, hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) Managing director C. sudarshan Reddy emphasized that covering manholes with grills is part of a larger safety objective, and the majority of the work has already been done. He asked homeowners to report any broken, unauthorized, or open manhole lids by dialing 155313.
Reddy emphasized the need to have a clean and safe drinking water supply as well as adequate waste control during the monsoon season. "There should be no supply of polluted water, and there should be enough chlorine in the water. "Complaints about sewage management must be taken seriously and resolved within 30 minutes," he urged authorities, encouraging them to deploy pollution detection tools.

The daily work checklist will include continuous monitoring of the 120 identified waterlogging spots, cleaning of removed silt, placement of warning signs, and the provision of protective equipment for the field crew. Field managers are responsible for extensively monitoring their regions and creating daily situation reports on waterlogging spots and manholes. Special teams have also been given special responsibilities.
The Central Safety Protocol Cell, which was founded in 2022, consists of a six-person team led by the chief vigilance officer, who is also the top safety protocol officer. This team will be critical to ensuring that safety measures are adequately implemented and monitored. With these thorough safety measures, the ghmc hopes to reduce the hazards connected with manholes during the monsoon season, assuring the safety and well-being of the city's citizens.

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