With LED lights, they will improve lake aesthetics

Seven high jet aeration fountains are installed at the Hussainsagar lake to enhance the dissolved oxygen levels and improve the water quality. The Rs. 1.32 crore fountains with LED lights will also improve the lake aesthetics besides being a source of attraction to visitors.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy switched on the fountains as part of the Hussainsagar Lake and Catchment Area Improvement Project on Saturday. The JICA funded Rs. 370 crore project aims at improving the overall lake environment and its surroundings for enriched biodiversity.

Ministers Maheedhar Reddy, Mukesh Goud, D. Nagender, NDMA vice-chairman M. Sashidhar Reddy and Mayor B. Karthika Reddy were present on the occasion.

It is proposed to remove the nutrient rich sediments from the lake bed, prevent pollutants from entering and maintain the water balance round the year in the lake.

The Chief Minister, who inspected the up-gradation of the 20 mld sewerage treatment plant at Khairatabad and the Kukatpally nala, said by March 2013 the lake improvement project would be completed.

The foul smell emanating from the lake would be a thing of the past and so would be the contaminated water. So far a sum of Rs. 122.65 crore was spent on various components of the project, Mr. Reddy said.

As part of the project three new interception and diversion (I&D) structures are constructed along the Kukatpally nala, the main source of pollution of Hussainsagar lake. The I&Ds are constructed at Fatehnagar, Prakashnagar and Necklace road at a cost of Rs. 11.5 crore.

As part of the shoreline improvement, an eco park opposite the KIMS hospital is proposed. It will have walkway and children's play area. The GHMC has taken up restoration and fencing of 14.5 km length of nalas on both sides of the lake as part of the nala improvement works.

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