Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

Due to lack of maintenance, water is turning green

Tank needs a bund to prevent dwindling of storage area

WARANGAL: The summer storage tank, Bhadrakali lake, which is the lifeline for residents of Warangal town, is facing a serious danger from both --manmade and natural -- hazards and requires immediate action from civic authorities.

Due to lack of proper upkeep and treatment, the water is turning into green colour and despite the treatment; the residue still exists posing danger to the health of people. The tank, which requires bleaching and copper sulphate treatment to control growth of algae, is being neglected by the municipal authorities.

Highly polluted

The man and animal-created pollution is very high as there is no improvement on the foreshore bund. People make a beeline to take bath and wash their clothes and while others bring their animals for a wash.

The Bhadrakali tank, which was nothing but a cesspool once, has been converted into the summer storage tank with lot of efforts by senior citizens like M. Panduranga Rao and former Mayor T. Rajeshwar Rao. During the summer season, water is pumped into the tank through the Kakatiya canal from LMD of Karimnagar to quench the thirst of people of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet. The revival of tank helped replenish the groundwater level in the town greatly. The tank holds 150 million cubic feet of water.Speaking to The Hindu, Prof. M. Panduranga Rao said the tank needed a strong bund first to prevent the dwindling area of storage and spraying of bleaching powder and copper sulphate to improve the quality of water.”

The unchecked growth water hyacinth is sucking the moisture of the tank periphery thus reducing the water storage capacity, while on the other hand, there is large scale illegal occupation of tankbed on Padmakshi temple and Hunter road sides of the sprawling tank spread over 800 acres. Abutting the tank, there is the historic Bhadrakali temple from where the tank looks very beautiful.breeze.