Hyderabad, Oct 17 (IANS) Signalling no respite even before Hyderabad could recover from the recent deluge, heavy rains pounded the city yet again on Saturday.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., as many as 40 locations in the tech city received rainfall above 23 mm.
Bandlaguda in Uppal mandal of Medchal - Malkajgiri district, which is part of Hyderabad received 102.3 mm rainfall, highest, followed by Saroornagar (93.9 mm), Thatiannaram (91 mm), Pedda Amberpet Hanuman Temple area (89.5 mm) and others.
Saturday's rain damaged Falaknuma bridge in the city which leads to Mehboobnagar, forcing officials to shut that road.
Because of Saturday's rains and the lingering effects of the recent downpour, traffic stalled at several places in the city, compelling many people to look for alternative routes.
Heavy traffic jams was seen at LB, Nagar, Nagole and Dilsukhnagar because of the downpour. There was an 11 km long traffic jam from outer ring road to LB Nagar.
Floodwaters were seen gushing through the roads in Tolichowki and several other locales in the city. Most roads were seen with floodwaters gushing at high speed.
Several low lying areas in Vanasthalipuram and LB Nagar witnessed flooding.
Officials advised people to stay at home as the rain has flooded many parts of the city. In case of danger, people have been advised to call 100.
Meanwhile, the Met department forecast thundershowers at most places in Telangana over the next four days, accompanied by lightning.
Heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places in Telangana districts on Monday.
"Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places in south Telangana districts," said a Met official about Tuesday.
Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Mahender Reddy alerted all the policemen to monitoring the situation in their respective jurisdictions, considering the Met department forecasting rains over the next five days.
"Keep monitoring the situation in your areasaflashfloods may trap people in low lying areas. Brief your staff to act accordingly and see that no inconvenience is caused to the citizens," said Reddy.
Himayatsagar received heavy inflows from Saturday's rain, prompting authorities to open four gates.
By Rohit Vaid
New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Seeing a tremendous growth in the cargo segment, airline major IndiGo might add freighter aircraft in its fleet.
Industry insiders told IANS that the airline is evaluating a proposal to add freighter aircraft, which will help the company expand cargo services to China, Singapore and Malaysia in the near future.
The move to haul more cargo via freighters assumes significance as the segment has seen a massive demand surge due to the pandemic.
When contacted the company did not elicit a response.
According to industry insiders, with air passenger numbers expected to remain low, the industry is look at other avenues to augment revenues such as the dedicated Cargo services.
In the initial days of the lockdown, the sudden demand for freight and high charges allowed airlines to gain some revenue.
This trend is expected to continue.
At present, the airline continues with "CarGo in cabin" operations.
These type of services are expected to be retained even after resumption of full schedule.
Currently, the airline has 10 passenger aircraft completely deployed for cargo operations in freighter mode.
The airline has managed to earn marginally higher revenue within the last five to six months at limited capacity as compared to the last financial year.
It has already transported cargo equivalent to the loads carried in the last financial year.
Till September, the airline has operated over 1,700 cargo charters, transporting more than 14,300 MT of supplies since April 18th across 21 destinations within India and internationally, including new stations like Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Cairo in Egypt, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
Besides, the move allows it to become the only second player in the airline industry that has freighter aircraft in its fleet.
The proposal also provides the airline with a differentiated service standards than the aircraft belly space provide in other type of passenger planes.
Such a differentiated standard would include temperature controlled cargo service essential for ferrying vaccines and perishable items.
The airline has been an active participant in the Centre's 'Lifeline Udan' scheme.
(Rohit Vaid can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)