Hyderabad: The State government is actively considering setting up a special authority to take up River Musi conservation and beautification works. The proposed special body would ensure proper coordination among different agencies like the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB), besides expediting the works.
This was disclosed by Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao during question hour in the Legislative Council on Tuesday. Replying to a question by Karne Prabhakar on Musi modernisation, the Minister said a detailed project report was already prepared by HMDA. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 2,966 crore and the government was planning to seek funds from the Centre under the National River Conservation Plan. The project would be taken up under Public Private Partnership mode. As per the preliminary estimations, it would generate Rs 1,700 crore as returns through real estate development, he said.
“We want it to be a self-sufficient project without any additional burden on the State government. Efforts would be made to complete the project in two to three years,” said Rama Rao. Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan and a team of officials would soon visit Sabarmati to study beautification works taken up in Gujarat, he informed.
Explaining the reasons for river pollution, he said nearly 93 per cent of sewerage generated in the city flowed into the river due to gravity. About 1,400 million litres a day (MLD) sewage flowed into the river, he said. The existing sewerage treatment plants (STPs) could handle only 670 MLD and there was a need to establish more STPs. And, this job was entrusted to HMWS&SB, he said.
In the past, a rubber dam was constructed near High Court, but it did not serve any purpose. In fact, it was causing mosquito menace. On the question to construct more bridges on the river, the Minister said the proposal to construct a bridge at Bandlaguda would be examined.