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Updated: June 5, 2010 13:02 IST

HMDA steps in to protect Durgam Cheruvu

Staff Reporter
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On the eve of World Environment Day, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) in association with Haritha Foundation launched an initiative aimed at conservation of Durgam Cheruvu here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, the HMDA Commissioner B.P. Acharya said as part of the initiative, bio-remediation measures for the lake would be taken up and hoped that it would show results in next few months.

Green buffer

Simultaneously, development of green buffer would be taken up and also a symbolic plaque placed at the flanking rock formations which have been declared as heritage precincts.

The HMDA has given the bio-remediation work on pilot basis to Megatech which has successfully done several projects including at Haus Khas and Rashtrapathi Bhavan and based on the results at Durgam Cheruvu, it is planned to expand the work for 20 other lakes identified for protection and restoration by the Lake Protection Committee, the HMDA Commissioner said.

The HMDA Member Environment, Sunil Kumar Gupta informed that under the Green Hyderabad Environment Programme, Integrated Lake Treatment and Conservation of Durgam Cheruvu was taken up.

Sewerage treatment

The category-1 lake i.e., highly polluted, based on the level of pollution assessed by analysing the lake water and lake sediment has been provided with 5 MLD sewerage treatment plant for treating domestic sewage generated in the catchment area.

Abhishek Chauhan, Director, Megatech explained that strains of identified useful bacteria would be injected into the lake to cleanse the lake.

Also present on the occasion included GHMC Additional Commissioner Dhananjay Reddy, Cyberabad Police Commissioner S.Prabhakar Reddy and others.

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