Park upgradation hits ‘eco-block’

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Pride of city: A view of the Sanjeevaiah Park on the banks of Hussainsagar.
Pride of city: A view of the Sanjeevaiah Park on the banks of Hussainsagar.

Staff Reporter

Study opposes recreational zone in Sanjeevaiah Park

HYDERABAD: The proposal to convert Sanjeevaiah Park into a recreational zone has run into rough weather, with an environment and ecosystem impact study done by the Andhra Pradesh Wildlife Advisory Board member S. Ashok Kumar, cautioning that such a move would be detrimental to the fragile eco system of the lake.

The Budha Purnima Project Authority (BPPA) had mooted the proposal to provide facilities like an amphitheatre, children’s park, rest rooms, miniature park, four restaurants, monorail and a party zone to entertain 1,500 people at a time in Sanjeevaiah Park. The structures proposed to be constructed would be occupying roughly 36 acres out of the existing 80 acres of Sanjeevaiah Park.

The impact study report submitted to the BPPA called upon the authority highlighted the need to protect over 30 species of birds and variety of trees abundant at Sanjeevaiah Park. Apart from birds, studies taken up by members of Butterfly Conservation Society indicate the presence of over 40 species of butterflies, which are already rare to find these days because of habitat destruction. “It would be impossible to handle so much of garbage generated because of the influx.

When we already have so many places of entertainment like Shilparamam, Necklace Road, Lalitha Kala Thoranam, where is the need to disturb the existing eco-balance of the Park?” asks Mr. Ashok Kumar.

Stringent norms

Already the Supreme Court has put strict restrictions in place for taking up of developmental activities in the vicinity of Hussain Sagar Lake for the sake of protecting the lake environment.

Environmentalists point out that any decision regarding the development of Sanjeevaiah Park should be done only after taking everybody into confidence.

Construction of these many structures along the banks of Hussain Sagar would surely put a lot of pressure on the lake environment.

“About 45 per cent of the lung space in the Park would be lost to these structures alone. Moreover, one can’t construct monorail completely supported by pylons at such a place. It would wreak havoc with lake environment apart from eating away the lung space,” Mr. Kumar maintained.



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