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GHMC Blames Plastic Dumping For Water Logging In City:- The dumping of plastic in open nalas and drains was primarily responsible for causing water logging in Hyderabad during heavy rains on October 2, said the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
A press note titled “Whom to be blamed?” was issued by the GHMC on Wednesday. It also released pictures showing how plastic waste has blocked the storm water drains at the Bio Diversity Junction.
“There was huge inundation on the Old Bombay Highway near ESCI. This not only caused huge traffic jams but also sleepless nights to the GHMC Engineers and Traffic Police. It was due to the blockage in the pipe culvert with plastic material which led to the water logging,” the corporation said.
The plastic is a non-biodegradable substance which do not decay by biological actions of microbes. As we throw them, they remain in the same state. So, eventually the dumps or garbages creates pollution and the blocked pipes with plastic material makes the atmosphere disastrous and lot of inconvenience to the public especially during rainy season. The imbalance of various ecosystem of the earth is caused by these polluted components of environment. This was quite evident in this case.
In most of the cases, plastic materials are the main cause fro blocks in the storm water drains. The garbage and bags flowed with the rain water block the storm water Pipe Culvert at Bio Diversity junction. The garbage gradually accumulated in the drain then turns into obstinate blocks, obstructing flow of rain water causing water stagnation on the road obstructing traffic flow (halting about 16000 PCU’s for about 3 hours) and the same situation prevailed for 2 days.
Due to this, to solve the issue right from the Chief Engineer cadre to the lowest level, the GHMC Engineers and traffic police were made to stand on roads from 02.10.2017, 6.00 PM to 03.10.2017, 11.00 PM for about 30 hrs. As several attempts to solve the issue of water logging on roads failed, everybody was panicked, the GHMC said in a press release.