100-yr-old reservoir a dumping ground now

100-yr-old reservoir a dumping ground now
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Mudasarlova Reservoir, one of the main drinking water sources of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is grossly neglected by the authorities and it has not even taken up the clean and green activity around the reservoir.

However, Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority is planning to develop a theme-based park at the spot
Visakhapatnam: Mudasarlova Reservoir, one of the main drinking water sources of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is grossly neglected by the authorities and it has not even taken up the clean and green activity around the reservoir.

As there is no proper boundary wall adjacent to BRTS road, several people are dumping debris. As the authorities are not taking up at least one time dredging in the over 100-year-old reservoir, it seems to be undeveloped playground now.
The reservoir surrounded by thick green hills is located close to the central prison. The rain waters are the main input source of the reservoir.

The reservoir is receiving waters through two inlets - from Pineapple Colony and beside hills of the reservoir. With the help of the reservoir waters, the GVMC supplies drinking water to four divisions. On an average 55 MGD water is being purified and supplied by GVMC.

Though the engineering department of GVMC is making plans to take some development works every year, it is in vain. During in the 2017 summer season also the GVMC had not taken up dredging or de-silting works in the GVMC. The people by the nearby residential areas are using the reservoir for their cattle bathing and in the evenings and nights some of the youth are coming to the area and enjoying with alcohol parties.

During his recent visit to the reservoir, Commissioner of GVMC M Hari Narayanan directed the officials to take up jungle clearance around the reservoir. The commissioner also directed the officials to clean the main inlets to ensure a free inflow into the reservoir.

When asked about the facelift the reservoir, Chief Engineer, GVMC said that the jungle clearance works would be initiated shortly. Talking about the de-silt works, the CE said that it would be taken up in the next summer.

Meanwhile, observing the high need of facelift work at the reservoir, Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority is planning to develop a theme based park around the reservoir including Mudasarlova park. Once the jungle clearance over, the VUDA has also planning to erect fencing not allowing the cattle and debris into the reservoir.

By VKL Gayatri

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