Water levels in reservoirs like Hussain Sagar, Himayat Sagar, and Osman Sagar have reached dangerous levels due to significant inflows. Six gates at both Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar have been lifted, causing concerns for residents living near these water bodies. They are calling for a permanent solution to address the issue of floodwaters inundating nearby streets.
The water level at Hussain Sagar is currently at 513.42 meters, slightly above the Full Tank Level (FTL) of 513.41 meters. The Maximum Water Level (MWL) is recorded at +514.75 meters. Other water bodies in Hyderabad, such as Hasmathpet, Saroornagar, and Ramannakunta lakes, are also close to overflowing. To address these concerns, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) have deployed specialized technical teams to monitor water levels and ensure the safety of these tanks and lakes during heavy rainfall.
An official from the HMWSSB mentioned that Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar started overflowing due to heavy rainfall in their catchment areas. To manage the situation, a total of 12 gates have been raised by 2 feet, releasing 4000 cusecs of water from Himayat Sagar and 1600 cusecs from Osman Sagar into the Musi River.
Local residents living near water bodies like Hussain Sagar have expressed dissatisfaction with the recurring issue of floodwater inundating their neighborhoods during heavy rainfall. They believe that the installation of stormwater drains is the only viable permanent solution. However, the HMWSSB has failed to implement these drains in low-lying areas.
Residents like Pranav from Hasmathpet and Sunil from Bowenpally have voiced their concerns, stating that they have been requesting a lasting solution to the water overflow in their areas but no action has been taken. They emphasize the need for an overhaul of the drainage system, including proper connections with retaining walls and the laying of new pipelines, to prevent recurrent flooding.