Hyderabad, May 3: Former Congress Minister and ex-Leader of Opposition in the Telangana Legislative Council, Mohammed Shabbir Ali on Wednesday accused the BRS-led Telangana Government, and Municipal Administration Minister K.Tarakarama Rao (KTR) in particular, of negligence leading to the loss of three innocent lives in rain-related incidents in the past four days.
Shabbir asserted that the government’s failure to address critical infrastructure issues, such as open drains and electrical safety, has resulted in these preventable tragedies.
The first incident took place on April 30 when a 10-year-old girl, Mounika , fell into an open drain in Secunderabad due to alleged civic authority negligence.
Despite the Disaster Response Force’s efforts, her life was cut short, he said while two GHMC officials were suspended, no senior officials faced any consequences.
On 30 April, 44-year-old Greyhounds constable Solem Veeraswamy died of electrocution at the Jubilee Hills Checkpost. The tragedy occurred when Veeraswamy lost control of his motorcycle near a rainwater-filled puddle, which may have concealed a faulty electrical leakage from a nearby pole.
He said this death could have been prevented had proper safety measures been in place.
However, the third incident saw six-year-old Vivek drown after falling into an open pit filled with rainwater in the Jubilee Hills area. GHMC has denied responsibility for this incident, claiming the site was on private property and not under its jurisdiction.
However, Shabbir Ali argued that the government still has a duty to protect its citizens from such hazards.
He criticized the Minister for not visiting the victims’ families or the sites of these incidents, choosing instead to focus on inaugurating the new Secretariat.
In his open letter to KTR , Shabbir demanded to take responsibility for these incidents and hold concerned officials accountable.
The former Minister also demanded that the Minister should conduct a review meeting to address these infrastructure problems and prevent future tragedies.