Hyderabad, Jan.2 : MA&UD principal secretary Arvind Kumar today inspected the storm water drains in the old city. He visited Charminar and directed the officials to take up cleaning of the surrounding areas regularly apart from installing lighting so as to have excellent night view of Charminar.
Later, he went round the old city area, including Shalibanda, Himmatpura, Abdullah building, Murgi chowk, city college and Nayapul areas and personally inspected the storm water drains. At Shalibanda, Arvind Kumar observed that the decades-old storm water drains from the Nizam era are still functioning smoothly in the old city.
Officials informed that the storm water drains were constructed after the Musi floods of 1908 under guidance of Mokshagundam Vishveshwarayya. The drinking water supply system for the city was also designed at that time. He asked the Zonal Commissioner to improve sanitation near the Nayapul area within a week. He also directed them to put up fencing and also take up lighting of the arch bridge. Chief Engineer Ziauddin, Zonal Commissioner Srinivas Reddy and other GHMC officials were present.
On the other hand, Arvind Kumar asked the GHMC officials to implement the Public Properties Defacement Act strictly and ensure that public places, roads , street light poles, fly-overs, bus shelters and Government offices should not to be defaced. He also directed the Zonal Commissioners to instruct the Deputy commissioners and Medical Officers to immediately focus on removal of flexis,banners and defaced material on electrical poles, street roads and Junctions immediately.
He also asked them to ensure that unauthorized flexis conveying birthday greetings, political banners in the Educational institutions , colleges and coaching centres at internal streets , street light poles and junctions of GHMC should not be permitted. The Zonal Commissioners have been to told to penalize the institutions and persons who paste advertising material on the walls of bus shelters, central divider blocks , walls of fly overs and Metro Stations etc. Likewise responsibility should be fixed on sanitary field assistants in their respective jurisdictions.