Musi to get facelift
The highly polluted Musi River and its surroundings are in for better days. Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) along with the State government is all set to launch Musi River conservation and riverfront project at an estimated cost of Rs 740 crore.
Hyderabad: The highly polluted Musi River and its surroundings are in for better days. Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) along with the State government is all set to launch Musi River conservation and riverfront project at an estimated cost of Rs 740 crore.
The HMDA has prepared a detailed project report for the development of Musi Riverfront from Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar to Bapughat (21 kms) and Nagole to Gowrelli (15 kms). The proposals would be sent to National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD) for funding. While the NRCD forwards 70 per cent of the cost, the balance amount would be borne by the State government and the Authority.
The remaining portion, outside the HMDA jurisdiction (16 kms), will be taken care by the GHMC. The project submitted by the HMDA includes berms, jogging tracks, cycling tracks, walkways, setting up of kiosks, foot over bridges, boating and green space across the stretch.
"We are planning to construct several parks in the available 430 acres of the government land," said a senior engineer in HMDA. "To protect the river from encroachments, the HMDA is planning to construct retaining walls and flood protection walls in specific areas.The authority is also planning to construct a rubber dam across the Musi besides developing roads on its banks," he added.
The State government is likely to send the proposed project report to the NRCD for approval by the end of August. It would take another 45 days to complete the verification process and then the State government along with HMDA will start the project by November end, the HMDA official said. Apart from this the plan also includes diversion of the sewage flowing into the river and about three sewage treatment plants (STP) would to be constructed in this regard.