All talk, no de­vel­op­ment at Hus­sain­sagar POL­LU­TION CON­TROL Board, which has to mon­i­tor the wa­ter qual­ity by check­ing the sew­er­age treat­ment plants, is sit­ting idle. THE MU­NIC­I­PAL ad­min­is­tra­tion and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment wants the de­vel­op­men­tal act

Deccan Chronicle - - City - MADDY DEEKSHITH | DC

The ir­ri­ga­tion depart­ment’s pro­posal to dig up the Tank Bund to in­stall sluice gates is just the lat­est in a series of plans that the many agen­cies that over­see Hus­sain­sagar and its en­vi­rons have come up. Most of these plans are drafted with­out due con­sul­ta­tion with each other.

The HMDA looks af­ter the main­te­nance and de­vel­op­men­tal works in and around Hus­sain­sagar along with the GHMC, Hy­der­abad Road De­vel­op­ment Corporation Lim­ited and the Metro Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Board, while the wa­ter in the lake be­longs to the ir­ri­ga­tion depart­ment. Only the Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board, which has to mon­i­tor the wa­ter qual­ity by check­ing the sew­er­age treat­ment plants, is sit­ting idle.

Of­fi­cials from these agen­cies hold fort­nightly con­ver­gence meet­ings but ap­par­ently do not ex­change pro­pos­als or co­or­di­nate with each other. The mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tion and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment wants the de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties overseen by a sin­gle agency.

While the HMDA is try­ing to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity through bio-re­me­di­a­tion process, the sew­er­age board has been re­leas­ing semi-treated wa­ter into the lake through its 20 MLD sew­er­age treat­ment plant near Khairatabad. Un­treated sewage en­ters the lake from a chan­nel on NTR Marg.

The ir­ri­ga­tion depart­ment, which pro­poses to de­mol­ish a sec­tion of Tank Bund to con­struct 10 sluices, and the HRDCL, which main­tains the Tank Bund road, wants a walk­way and high qual­ity road.

This apart, the ir­ri­ga­tion and elec­tric­ity de­part­ments dam­age the roads and walk­ways around the lake — man­aged by the HMDA (from Peo­ple's Plaza to San­jee­va­iah Park), Tank Bund (HRDCL) and GHMC (Sec­re­tariat to NTR Marg) — at least twice ev­ery year to set up cranes and tem­po­rary sub­sta­tions dur­ing the Ganesh im­mer­sion and Dasara.

Of the pro­pos­als for the lake, there have been many. In June 2017, the HMDA had pro­posed to con­struct a `8 crore 10-acre theme park be­tween Jalav­i­har and PV Ghat. A rope­way was planned from Sail­ing Club to Lumbini Park. It also planned an un­der­wa­ter aquar­ium. Two is­lands were to be de­vel­oped in the lake be­tween San­jee­va­iah Park and Jalav­i­har with sed­i­ment dredged up from the lake. Mounds of sed­i­ment were de­posited on the lake side but noth­ing hap­pened due to the lack of co­or­di­na­tion.

A se­nior MA&UD of­fi­cial said there was an im­me­di­ate re­quire­ment to cre­ate an in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion to look af­ter the de­vel­op­ment and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in and around Hus­sain­sagar. He said the agency should be au­tho­rised to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity, de­velop the en­vi­rons and build roads and work with the mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tion and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment. Funds could be al­lo­cated from the state Bud­get, he added.

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