Bandlaguda cheruvu in Hyderabad
Bandlaguda Cheruvu is located in Nagole in Uppal mandal. It is covered with the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority’s (HMDA) Lake Protection Committee. The lake was surveyed in 2013. According to that report, the water spread area is about 29 acres, the full tank level area (FTL) is 37 acres and its bund length is 516 metres.
Bandlaguda Cheruvu is located in Nagole in Uppal mandal. It is covered with the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority’s (HMDA) Lake Protection Committee. The lake was surveyed in 2013. According to that report, the water spread area is about 29 acres, the full tank level area (FTL) is 37 acres and its bund length is 516 metres. The lake was once used to provide water for agriculture and allied activities, and was a main source of drinking water for the locals and those from neighbouring villages.
The lake attracted many migratory birds in winter. The lake is 15 km away from the Secunderabad Railway Station and 25 km from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
According to locals, the lake has been extant since the Nizam Era. Water from the high altitude areas was conserved in the rainy seasons. Fishermen flourished due to the favourable conditions for growth of different kind fish in those days. As the lake is located in Bandlaguda, the lake became popularly known as Bandlaguda Cheruvu. In Telugu, ‘bandalu’ means rocks and boulders which are plenty in the underneath of the land). Now, the lake mainly depends on rain water, which is insufficient to conserve the full tank level and reducing year by year.
The lake is subject to illegal encroachments by landsharks. Massive structures have come up in the buffer and bed zone. Drain water and industrial effluents are released in to the lake. As a result, it has now turned into a cesspool releasing obnoxious smells. The lake poses as a health hazard to the nearby residents. There is no fencing erected around the lake.
No action is being initiated by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) or the HMDA authorities against the violators, even though many complaints were lodged by Save Our Urban Lakes (SOUL) and other NGOs that are working to save the lake.
Vijaya Simha Reddy, president of Sri Shailaja Vinay Elite, Anandi Enclave, and T Bhaskar, secretary, said, “The smell from the lake never subsides. As a result, there are many mosquitoes. Illegal activities are happening in the evening and night time in the isolated area. Snakes move around the area and sometimes they enter the apartments. A pharma company near the lake releases vaporous pollutants that is causing health problems for those living nearby.
We appeal to the GHMC and the other concerned authorities to take necessary action to fix the problem.” Irrigation minister T Harish Rao said, “As part of Mission Kaktiya, 9,300 tanks were zeroed in for revival and restoration and 50 per cent of the tenders were called for. We are expecting the work to begin by January 26 and hopefully it will be completed before the onset of monsoon this year.”