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In its attempts to involve public in the cleaning up activities of Hussainsagar lake, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) on Monday launched ‘Forum for a Clean Hussainsagar’. The forum is aimed at fostering a sense of belonging towards the historic lake among public in the capital.
Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority Commissioner Neerabh Kumar Prasad told presspersons on Monday that the engineering works related to cleaning up of the lake would be over in another six to nine months. “We can construct as many treatment plants, drains and nalas as we like but we can’t conserve the lake unless we involve the public. We need to make people of Hyderabad identify with the lake,” Mr. Neerabh observed.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority has taken up Hussainsagar Lake and Catchment Area Improvement Project (HCIP) with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The project has five elements. They are treatment of inflows, improvement in quality of lake water, protection of lakes and nalas in catchment areas, public awareness and stakeholder participation, shoreline cleaning and removal of floating material.
According to Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority Commissioner, after the HCIP project, an Independent Monitoring Agency (IMA) would be roped in to track the water quality.
“The Pollution Control Board (PCB) also will play a big role in checking quality of the lake water. We have to learn to preserve the lake after the Hussainsagar Lake and Catchment Area Improvement Project project is complete. For that to happen there is a need for us to involve the citizens,” he said.
Speaking on the measures needed to protect water bodies in and around Hyderabad, Mr. Neerabh said that the authorities have identified 500 lakes under HMDA and 130 lakes under GHMC for conservation.
Officials from HMDA, irrigation, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and revenue departments will visit the identified lakes and soon launch preservation activities.
The activities include demarcation of Full Tank Levels (FTL), boundary wall construction, marking the FTL levels with pillars, fencing and removal of encroachments within the FTL.
“The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has already roped in a third party to execute these activities and we are in the process of finalising an agency. Action will be taken on the encroachments according to the rules,” Mr. Neerabh cautioned.
The dredging activity at Hussainsagar lake, which was halted due to the international conference on biodiversity, will start from this month. “The dredging activity of Kukatapally nala will start from November. The hazardous waste taken out will be chemically treated. Then Pollution Control Board will conduct tests to separate the hazardous and the non-hazardous wastes,” he said.