Action plan on pollution in Hussainsagar lake soon

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MAMMOTH WORK: The Hussainsagar being cleared of debris after the Ganesh festival. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
MAMMOTH WORK: The Hussainsagar being cleared of debris after the Ganesh festival. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Staff Reporter

BPPA to submit the proposal to High Court by October 9

  • Idol immersion will be in Hussainsagar only, insists Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Committee
  • Panel wants separate pond near NTR Gate to facilitate immersion of Ganesh idols
  • 40 tippers pressed into service to remove debris of idols, metal frames from the lake

    HYDERABAD: Buddha Purnima Project Authority (BPPA) Officer on Special Duty Sridhar on Friday said that an action plan on measures to rid Hussainsagar lake of pollution would be submitted to the High Court by October 9.

    `Not the cause'

    Stating that retrieval of debris of Ganesh idols from the lake would be completed by Saturday evening, Mr. Sridhar said that a meeting of representatives from the APPCB, the MCH, the EPTRI, the HUDA and the Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Committee, besides the BPPA, would be convened for suggestions to be included in the action plan.

    Committee president G. Pulla Reddy and general secretary Bhagawantha Rao, however, reiterated that idol immersion was not the cause for pollution of the lake and immersion of the idols would continue at the Hussainsagar only.

    A separate pond near NTR Gate should be created to facilitate immersion without affecting the main lake, they suggested.

    Meanwhile, the removal of debris has gained momentum. Though officials commenced the clean-up operation on Thursday itself, it was formally launched in the presence of committee members on Friday.

    Some 40 tippers were pressed into service and more labour force was engaged at each of the eight platforms to remove the debris and metal frames manually with authority engineers supervising the operation.

    Bound for dump yard

    An inter-departmental team was recording the quantity of debris and number of tipper loads going to Jawaharnagar dump yard, 35 km away from the city. Authority Deputy Engineer Ramesh Chandra said the operation began at 8.30 a.m. and each vehicle made two trips to the dump yard.

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