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Hussainsagar to regain lost glory

T. Lalith Singh

Dredging of three nalas connecting the lake will be taken up soon

-File Photo: NAGARA GOPAL

Sooner the better:The GHMC will soon be taking up the cleaning of nalas connecting the Hussainsagar.

HYDERABAD: As part of the Hussainsagar Lake and Catchment Area Improvement Project (HCIP) taken up with financial assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency, the work on dredging and disposal of sediment at three nalas that joins the lake, would be taken up soon.

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) which is the implementing authority for the project has decided to start with dredging of sediment at the mouth of three inlets, Balkapur Nala, Banjara Nala and Picket Nala. The work on the nala connecting the water body from Kukatpally side would be started at a later date.

According to the officials, the quantity of dredging at all the four nalas has been estimated at 10 lakh cubic metre. “This being estimated wet material from the dredging of sediment, when dried it should be around 70 per cent, i.e., 7 lakh cu.m.,” an official said.

Initially the Balkapur, Banjara and Picket nalas were being taken up for the project as they were categorised as non-hazardous. From the three itself, the dredged material to be scooped has been estimated to be around 7 lakh cu.m.

“Since the dredged material from these three nalas would be non-hazardous and nutrient rich, most of it has planned for shifting to Jawaharnagar dump site,” said the HMDA Member (Environment), Sunil Kumar Gupta.

The authorities have been working on a separate formulation to address the dredging at the mouth of nala from Kukatpally as it had been categorised as hazardous.

Certain objects were raised over the site of dumping of material from this point and Jawaharnagar dump site had been ruled out as a possibility.

“It will be done separately under the advice, guidance and monitoring of the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) which is the regulatory body for such instances,” pointed out Mr. Gupta. Prospective bidders for the work on three nalas to start with have been invited by the HMDA for short-listing of suitable firms and contracting companies.

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