Staff Reporter

400 acres of plantation will be raised

Money will be shared by HMDA and HMWS&SB

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA)'s Lake Protection Committee launched a Lake Greening Programme under which 400 acres of plantation is to be raised at an estimated budget of Rs.1 crore. The programme was started on Tuesday at Osmansagar and will cover Himayathsagar also.

The Committee which met here under the chairmanship of Commissioner B.P. Acharya also decided to go for a special drive to remove encroachments and mark full tank level (FTL) with survey numbers in all the 21 prioritised lakes. A pilot project will start with Durgam Cheruvu on June 4.

It also requested the GHMC to play an active role in removal of debris and encroachments in lakes while the revenue department is to start maintaining the irrigation register.

Based on the nature of given site, species suitable for water logging such as Baringtonia (Neeti Kanuga), Termanelia arjuna (Yerumaddi) and Pongamia glabra (Kanuga) will be planted.

The money required for raising nearly 400 acres is being shared by HMDA and HMWS&SB.

The green buffer will help in preventing encroachments and also in checking pollution , said a HMDA official.

Ranga Reddy district Collector D. Kishore, HMWS&SB Managing Director M. Jagadishwar, Medak Joint Collector T. Vijay Kumar, Cyberabad Police Commissioner S. Prabhakar Reddy and Member Environment Sunil Kumar Gupta participated.