The Authority has decided to come out with a comprehensive Environmental Master Plan to assess the damage to environment

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has decided to come out with a comprehensive Environmental Master Plan to assess the damage to environment in the city and suburbs accrued over the decades, besides planning its protection in coming years.

A concept plan to take stock of the status of air, water and soil is being worked out as the urban planning body looks at initiating a study of the key parameters of environment in coming weeks.

The entire Hyderabad Metropolitan Region (HMR) is to be covered in the exercise.

“We have to understand where the city stands in terms of environment and come up with a roadmap to be followed over the years to restore and maintain environmental standards,” said the HMDA Commissioner, Mr. Neerabh Kumar Prasad.

Departments converge

It will be a multi-department exercise involving Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board, Forest Department, Metro Water Board and others.

After a thorough assessment of the present status, the Master Plan will unfold a comprehensive strategy at protection of environment in phased manner.

For the purpose, the whole plan is divided into different segments such as lakes and water bodies, conservation and adding forest area, air quality improvement, ground water improvement and addressing the needs of solid waste management.

Work on

The work on water bodies has already been initiated and protection measures such as fixing full tank levels and identifying encroachments is on, Mr. Prasad says.

“A study of green cover in the metropolitan region will be taken up to compare it with accepted international standards. Then, we will identify areas where there is scope for afforestation,” he says.

PCB services availed

The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board is to be roped in for assessment of ambient air quality and to suggest measures to improve the standards.

Similar will be the work on ground water improvement while solid waste management measures to be located outside the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits are to be enlisted.

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