As summer is ahead, the Telangana State government, which had boasted of cleaning the Hussainsagar, is silent on the matter. The HDMA, which maintains the lake, not even planned to clean the lake. There is also no word on the proposed Vinayaksagar. That means Ganesh idol immersions will be continued in at Hussainsagar this year.
MD of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, Pradeep Chandra said “Currently, the priority is to divert the sewerage waste entering from the Kukatpally nala, which is one of the main sources of pollution.
Only when all the nalas are diverted, sewerage water will stop entering the lake, which is one of the alternatives to the clean-up process.”
Experts say the after emptying lake it takes several months takes for discharge. The first step should be to block all the nalas, big and small.
“Firstly, there should be control on the waste water flowing into the lake not just from the four important nalas, but also from the small drains that flow unchecked from the slum areas directly into the lake,” said S. Jeevanand Reddy, Environmentalist.
At present Hussainsagar having three sewerage treatment plants and every day, per day 50 million litres of treated water is released from these STPs. However, to maintain the lake balance only 35 MLD enters while the remaining 15 MLD is sold to other agencies like the Railways and the Buddha Pournima Project. Experts say that the two outlets, at Marriott hotel and BPP office, Tank Bund should be reconstructed to withstand millions of litres of water.