Proposals to find a long-term solution to floods caused by the swelling of river Munneru in Khammam city are being drafted at a cost of Rs 777 crore, according to Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar. RCC retaining walls were built on both sides of the river with a budget of Rs 150 crore to prevent flood-related problems for the people living in colonies along the banks of the Munneru river. The works will soon begin with the laying of the foundation stone.
Ajay Kumar presented household items to those affected by the recent floods in Munneru under the auspices of ITC. He mentioned that Khammam had experienced exceptional flooding this monsoon and precautions were taken to protect the people. The government has authorized the construction of three more check dams on the Munneru river at a cost of Rs 30 crore, as well as a new bridge costing Rs 180 crore next to the bridge from the British era.
With the support of Chief Minister KCR, the NDRF team was dispatched to Khammam for rescue efforts. Rehabilitation clinics were established and residents received care and amenities. Philanthropic organizations like the Puvvada Foundation provided vital supplies to every household affected by the floods. Ajay Kumar congratulated ITC Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division for providing home goods worth Rs 1 crore and MP Bandi Parthasarathi Reddy for donating Rs 1 crore. Aparna, daughter-in-law of MP Bandi Parthasarathi Reddy, arranged for Rs 50 lakh from her grandfather’s business to be transferred to the district Collector’s account. The funds will be given to the flood-affected families.
ITC provided household appliances to 2,461 flood victims in Munneru, according to District Collector VP Gautham. The programme was attended by Mayor P Neeraja, SUDA Chairman B Vijay Kumar, Municipal Commissioner A Surabhi, BRS leader Gundala Krishna, and others.