Environmentalists decry the apathy of administration towards protection of water bodies in the city

Environmental activists decried the apathy of administration towards protection of water bodies in the city and demanded immediate steps for restoration of ‘Hamid Khan Kunta’ also known as the Taj Banjara Lake.

Plea to GHMC, Water Board

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, Jasveen Jairath of Save Our Urban Lakes (SOUL) demanded that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) initiate action to save the lake.

The GHMC should remove all the debris and extract the concrete flooring laid by a contractor here and the HMWSSB should remove debris along the Interception and Diversion (I&D) structure. A road in the middle of the lake should also be removed, she said.

These steps need to be taken up in a time-bound manner in concurrence with a civil society member and a compliance report should be submitted.

Annie Hassan of Citizens Welfare Association said the Water Board should ensure functioning of the structure set up here, to ensure 100 per cent discharge of the sewerage into the pipes laid at a huge cost. All the mounds of debris dumped along the outer side of the lake should also be carted away.

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