Banjara lake turns into dumping yard

Save Our Urban Lakes (SOUL), the organisation working to save water bodies in Hyderabad, on Monday alleged that debris and mud was being dumped inside the Banjara Lake.

By   |   Published: 27th Dec 2016   12:33 am
Banjara
Activists allege that debris is is dumped at daily basis

Hyderabad: Save Our Urban Lakes (SOUL), the organisation working to save water bodies in Hyderabad, on Monday alleged that debris and mud was being dumped inside the Banjara Lake, located near Hotel Taj Banjara, under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits.

According to a statement from SOUL, when several volunteers visited the dumping spot to inquire, they were informed that the lake is being beautified by GHMC and as part of development activity a walking track is being laid.

Armed with this information, SOUL contacted GHMC, Superintending Engineer, Sekhar Reddy.

“We specifically asked the SE if walking track could be laid inside the FTL of lake. We were told that the walking track can’t be laid inside the lake,” the statement from SOUL said.

SOUL members said that the SE also assured them that the debris dumped into the lake will be eventually dredged. The GHMC is spending close to Rs 95 lakh for civil works, walking track and lighting works at Banjara Lake.

Sekhar Reddy said that Banjara Lake was part of 63 more lakes that have been selected for beautification.

“A total of 63 lakes were selected for beautification purpose and Banjara Lake is one among them. The walking track is not being laid inside the Full Tank Level (FTL) of the lake. The lake however needs opening of fresh inflows and regular cleaning,” Sekhar Reddy said.

“The dumping is not being done in the lake but we will anyway look into the matter and take necessary action if this turns out to be true,” he added.