If Sabarmati, Bhadra can be revived, why not Musi, asks HC

If rivers Sabarmati and Bhadra in Gujarat and Rajasthan, respectively, can be revived, why not Musi in Hyderabad, Telangana High Court asked on Tuesday.

Hearing a batch of writ petitions seeking protection of water bodies in and around Hyderabad, the HC wondered why the Musi river cannot be protected. Seeking to know what the government was up to on the matter, a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A. Rajasekhar Reddy appreciated the vision of the rulers, who built the HC on the bank of Musi river, 100 years ago.

The petitioners moved the HC stating that release of pollutants by industries and establishments into the lakes, which were perennial drinking water sources, was not only resulting in environmental damage but also creating serious drinking water scarcity issues in the city. Advocate General B.S. Prasad presented a report to the bench on the questions raised by HC on pollution of water bodies in the city.

As per the HC suggestion, the government contemplated usage of geotube technology to treat sewage entering the Khajaguda lake.

The feasibility report from Administrative Staff College of India consultants was awaited in this regard, the government said in the report. It submitted to the court the fencing around periphery of Malkam tank boundary was taken up by M/s Aparna Infra Housing Private Limited under corporate social responsibility. It denied the allegation that the fencing was removed.

The counsel for the petitioners told the court that the company was destroying the lakes in the name of beautification. The company’s counsel told the court that the GHMC had assigned it the work of beautification of lakes and other water bodies and it was executing the works.

The bench directed the government to present a fresh report on different issues relating to pollution of all lakes and water bodies in and around the city.

The matter has been posted to April 29 for the next hearing.

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