No amount of cleanup can work for Hussainsagar or any of our water bodies till the government takes a firm stand against pollution by punishing companies / individuals who release sewage into it and indiscriminate dumping of religious deities in them. The government has the onus of educating the public (starting from schools) that people of the city / state should take care of their environment and stop polluting the water bodies by effective treatment of sewage and also adhering to small environment friendly idols.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has warned of strong action against illegal buildings. He said that public participation was crucial to make the government’s efforts to transform the capital into a world class city a success. Addressing a large gathering of students, volunteers and officials on Friday after launching dredging operations under the Clean Hussainsagar campaign, the commissioning of a 20 MLD sewage treatment plant and the inauguration of a pipeline for diversion of sewage from the Kukatpally nala aimed at cleaning Hussainsagar, he said the government alone cannot bring about change until people involve themselves.
“The feeling that this is my city, we should grow trees, keep the city clean, green and beautiful should be inculcated in every citizen, “ he said, and added that Rs 370 crore was being spent to clean the Hussainsagar. The Chief Minister said that industrial effluents and plastics used by the public were polluting Hussainsagar. “The cleaning of Hussainsagar is just the beginning. Around 176 other lakes will also be cleaned,” he said. Earlier, labour minister Danam Nagender said the lake’s peripheral areas were being misused by eateries. He asked officials to take action against those who were letting out space to commercial establishments there.
Greater Hyderabad in-charge minister Geeta Reddy said Hussainsagar will turn into a world class tourist spot soon. Earlier, some environmentalists staged a protest against the move to lift the ban on bulk drug units.