S. Harpal Singh
Mismanagement of 70-year-old lake proves a major hurdle to beautification
ADILABAD: Any plan for development of the fresh water tank Bada talab in Adilabad town as a spot of tourist interest should incorporate focussed development of the localities abutting it. All efforts to beautify this place in the past had come a cropper because development in the residential areas had not been taken up.
Tourism Secretary Jayesh Ranjan is currently on a visit to Adilabad district to assess the potential for development of tourism here and Bada talab is one of the spots under consideration. The tank built over 70 years ago was used for supply of drinking water and its ayacut consisted of 600 acres.
The localities that surrpound the Bada talab on three sides are Tirpally, Bad ka Mohalla, Brahmanwadi, Kolipura and Khanapur. There was encroachment on the tank bed during the last few years and Adilabad Municipality accorded it some sort of legality as it provides drinking water and roads to the houses built illegally in the tank bed.
These houses face the threat of unundation every year when there is good rainfall. The Municipality has also contributed to polluting this large lake by draining into all the murky water collected from different areas in town through the largest drain in its network.
Almost all the habitations surrounding the Bada talab are old localities and so do not have proper drainages or roads. The garbage produced by the residents is disposed off either into the lake or on the bund. The bund is incidentally the favourite place for those who prefer open defecation.
In 2001, the desiltation of this talab taken under the ’neeru-meeru’ programme but was not completed. The development of the bund taken up by cleaning it and providing some seating arrangement also came to a naught . The polluted water in the tank itself hardly beckoned any outdoor enthusiast. It may also be noted that seasonally migrating birds that had flocked to the Bada talab since years began shunning it since it got polluted.
The residential areas surrounding the talab therefore need to have proper sanitation and roads before taking up beautification. There is also an urgent need for causing awareness among the residents.