Tammidikunta lake, located in Khanamet, near Madhapur, is an old lake existing since the time of Nizams. It was mainly used for agricultural and fishing activities.
The irrigation and GHMC departments recently marked FTL limits on the lake bed
Tammidikunta lake, located in Khanamet, near Madhapur, is an old lake existing since the time of Nizams. It was mainly used for agricultural and fishing activities. It is surrounded by a number of fresh water wells (such as the Mota Bavi) and is used for drinking water needs. The lake has been identified by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) under the Lake Protection Committee.
According to the locals, the lake was originally covered and surrounded by large bushes and trees known as Tammidi. In the course of time, the lake was named as Tammidi Kunta.
According to a survey conducted by the revenue department and the irrigation wing of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in June this year, the lake is spread over 29 acres including the buffer zone, the boundaries of which were marked. It was revealed a few months ago that the N Convention Centre, which was built on 10 acres of land, extended to about 1.12 acres inside the Full Tank Level (FTL) and another 2 acres of the centre falls in the buffer zone. About 3.30 acres of land was encroached and a pucca structure had come up.
Officials identified a total of 125 unauthorised structures on the lake bed and marked them under the GHMC stamp for further action as per the court and government guidelines.
"As per the rules, no building is permitted to come up either in the FTL area or the buffer zone," said the local tehsildar of Serilingampally mandal.
N Convention Centre is a high-profile function hall with state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology. The function hall is often rented by political leaders and cine stars, and rakes in profits of over Rs 1 crore per month. The convention centre came under the GHMC’s scanner, and officials, after surveying the land, concluded that nearly 3 acres of the lake bed area was encroached by the N Convention Centre.
As per the latest orders of the Hyderabad High Court, the government and the GHMC will have to issue notices to the N-Convention management on the alleged encroachment and to earmark the FTL. The GHMC sought legal opinion on High Court orders and decided to issue notices and initiate steps for FTL marking and follow further action on the encroached land as per the provisions of the law. The GHMC officials confirmed that before demolishing the unauthorised structures, proper notices would be slapped.
Worried that the GHMC would raze the unauthorised portions of N Convention Centre completely, its owner, Tollywood actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, had the unauthorised structures within the Full Tank Level (FTL) and buffer zone demolished.
Thakur Raj Kumar Singh, ex-convener of SOUL (Save Our Urban Lakes), said, “The GHMC authorities should immediately follow the High Court directions and act accordingly, without further delay.”