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Telangana to restore British era musical flood alert system in Osman Sagar


A wetland road at Rajanna-Sircilla in Telangana on Friday 23 July 2021.
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Hyderabad: When Telangana officials were trying to save lives and property during the recent flooding and heavy rain, a senior official in Hyderabad literally stumbled upon a melodic musical flood warning system that went offline at a reservoir.

“Yesterday (Friday) came across this very interesting flood warning tool in Osman Sagar,” Arvind Kumar, Chief Secretary of Telangana Municipal Administration, said on Saturday about an old gramophone.

Kumar said the gramophone plays music to alert when flood water reaches dangerous levels in a reservoir that was built about a century ago and provides drinking water to the city of Hyderabad.

“The gramophone plays when the water level reaches a dangerous level. Each line on the record represents the actual water level, ”said a senior official at the Indian Administration Services (IAS).

Given its current state of no sound, he promised to get it repaired as soon as possible.

The musical instrument mounted on a pedestal consisted of several metal discs and a pair of cylinders.

Another photograph posted by Kumar shows components brought from England during British rule for the construction of the Osman Sagar Dam.

The component manufacturers’ trademarks read “Musi Valley Project, Gandipet. Ransomes & Rapier Ltd, Ipswich, 1914, England. “

On Friday, a senior official visited Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar to check the water levels in them, as the torrent gushed out due to heavy rainfall.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao sent Kumar to check their water level.

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