400-year-old lake not in notified list

400-year-old lake not in notified list
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Delay in including the 400-year-old historical Rukn-ud-Daula lake of Bumruknud Dowla village in Rajendranagar mandal on the outskirts of the City in the list of notified lakes is raising doubts about the intentions of the Greater Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (GHMDA).

Residents express doubts on GHMDA

Hyderabad: Delay in including the 400-year-old historical Rukn-ud-Daula lake of Bumruknud Dowla village in Rajendranagar mandal on the outskirts of the City in the list of notified lakes is raising doubts about the intentions of the Greater Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (GHMDA).

According to sources, encroachments of the lake area have been taking place resulting in the residents of the adjacent Kings Colony facing floods during the rainy season. For the past six years, complaints have been made to the officials in this regard. However, no action has been taken.

Speaking to The Hans India, Dr Lubna Sarwath from the Save Our Urban Lakes (SOUL), a non-government organisation working to save the lakes in and around the Twin Cities said “We have been running from pillar to post to save the lake and asking officials to protect it.”

When contacted, sources in the GHMDA clarified that they had in receipt of the complaints from the SOUL along with some others. Officials of the North Tank Division, Buddha Bhavan, Irrigation and Enforcement wings had conducted a joint inspection to the lake.

Locals revealed that the tank had been constructed by the Nizam Dynasty for supply of drinking water on the down-stream through several out-let points. And, the out-let points join with Mir Alam Tank though filter bed.

During the inspection, the officials observed that the out-let point was not in working condition. It was also found that there was no surplus water outlet for this tank and the sluice had been closed and covered with dumped material.

Some private persons had claimed an extent of 10 acres in the adjacent area as their property and the sheets that they had erected were about 100 meters from the existing FTL stone. It was against this backdrop that it was recommended that actual encroachments could be known only after re-fixing of the FTL demarcation.

Meanwhile, the team of officials recommended to fence the south west side of the lake i.e. Kings Colony, to avoid encroachments. In addition, the North Tank Division was asked to remove the dumped materials covering the existing sluice.

“An FTL Survey by M/S Aarvee Associates had been completed to exactly pin point and identify the extent of encroachments of the lake. But, the findings of the survey report remained under wraps,” the sources pointed out.

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