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Neknampur lake works to be over by mid-2020

Neknampur lake works to be over by mid-2020
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Beautification works at Neknampur Lake, near Taramati Baradari, would be completed by the end of year 2020 if everything planned by the irrigation department goes accordingly.

Rajendranagar: Beautification works at Neknampur Lake, near Taramati Baradari, would be completed by the end of year 2020 if everything planned by the irrigation department goes accordingly. The lake that spreads on 108 acres in Gandipet mandal is a 450-year-old water body and often makes headlines in the media for rampant pollution of this historical lake.

The irrigation department took up works four months ago around the lake. It was proposed to develop fencing, walking track and cycle track around the water body, which would completely transform the lake into a pleasant public place to spend time with family. It would also be a fitting spot for early morning walks and workouts.

The plan to turn the lake into beautifully developed water body was mooted last year but only four months ago the works finally were launched under Kakatiya Mission with an outlay of Rs 21 crore.

"At present, the rudimentary works of bund strengthening, desilting walking track, cycle track and diversion canal are in progress and the remaining works of fencing and other miscellaneous works will be taken up at a later stage.

These works will be completed in the next 7 to 8 months and the project would take a complete shape by 2020 next year," said Assistant Executive Engineer Irrigation Department Vishwam Kumar. "With the desilting of lake, the storage capacity has increased, facilitating groundwater recharge.

The silt was very much helpful to be used it to ground the walking and cycle tracks around the lake. Vehicle parking, gardening, seating arrangements, lawns and boating facility too would be developed around the lake in the latter stages," he added.

It is said that the contract was awarded to Ram Infra Pvt Limited to execute the works. The agreement was signed between the irrigation department and the company in the month of May. Shortly before the beautification works were to be taken up, reports of dumping loads of discarded items into the lake surfaced in a section of media, which sparked huge public outrage and targeted a barrage of criticism at the 0government.

Presently, the lake is passing through a rejuvenation process directly under the supervision of the irrigation department and people would be able to have a look of the completely transformed water body with several amusement facilities at one place in the days to come.

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