Hyderabad, February 10
Plans, funds, permissions – everything is granted but the Lakes beautification works of tanks in Hyderabad city have not budged even an inch, thanks to the sheer lethargy of officials apart from a slew of other issues.
The government protected around 63 lakes in the city from encroachment and permission was accorded to the beautification works of these lakes at an estimated cost of Rs 94 crores.
Of these 63 lakes, 41 were given to irrigation department and the works of the remaining lakes were given to GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation).
Work permission was given in November 2015 and tender works were completed by 2016. As per the contract, these works have to be completed by now.
The beautification works of Rayasamudram and Bahadurukunta lakes are the only ones that have reached completion. A few people appealed to the court raising objections in identifying borders to about 12 lakes. They have stalled the works alleging that these lakes come under their assigned lands.
At some places government organizations are also stalling the works. Housing officials stated that a certain portion of land near Kayithamma lake under Kukatpally constituency limits belong to their department.
When the housing department denied to give the land for lakes beautification works, the irrigation department officials sought the government to give the lands. Also two lakes are in the hands of defense ministry, hence these works are also pending.
Funds crunch, officials’ apathy and other reasons are causing undue delay in the works even one year after the completion of tender process.
But the officials stated that they will complete the beautification works of 35 lakes of the total 41 lakes before June this year.
It was proposed to lay a walking track and fencing around Rangadhamuni lake adjacent to IDL factory near Moosapet. But the fencing works were stalled abruptly.
A few people prevented the officials from identifying the total water capacity of Nallacheruvu in Kukatpally. They alleged that the land belongs to them and works got stalled as the case is pending in the court.