Long-drawn affair

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To divert sewage from Hussainsagar lake, as part of project funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the HMWSSB took up pipe-laying works.

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After missing multiple deadlines and half-year’s delay in execution, pipe-laying works on the key Tadbund road connecting the city to its suburbs and also onto the national highway may end this month.

As part of a bigger project to divert sewage from Hussainsagar lake, funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) took up pipe-laying works on the stretch to combine four main nalas or storm water drains flowing from the Secunderabad Cantonment into Hussainsagar and divert them.

The works began in March this year with a slated two-month deadline, but have not been completed until today.

This has left businesses in the area reeling under loss as traffic operation is one-way and parking along the road is nearly impossible due to the work paraphernalia.

“For six months now, we have been facing 40 per cent loss. Before the work commenced, we were told it would be completed in 45 days. It now looks like the work will go on for another half year,” said Hameed Dashti, who owns a restaurant and café in the area.

To facilitate pipe-laying works, traffic police diverted vehicles coming from Bowenpally towards Sikh Village, making the Tadbund stretch adjoining old Begumpet airport boundary wall, one way. During peak hours, the traffic movement on the stretch is reduced to a crawl as pipe-laying has taken up half the road.

Sources in the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB), which administers the area, claimed regular communication with the water board to hasten work progress has been unyielding.

However, water board officials overseeing the project assured completion of works by the end of this month, adding that only gaps in the pipeline totalling around 200 meters have to be completed. “Much of the pipeline work is done. We encountered rock while digging, but could not use explosives to blast it. This has added to the work duration,” a senior HMWSSB official said.