Trash from nalas choking Hussainsagar forces officials to rethink

Heavy rains have flushed sewer and trash from nalas into the lake.

By Author  |  Published: 10th Oct 2017  12:39 amUpdated: 10th Oct 2017  12:46 am
File Photo: Hussainsagar Lake

Hyderabad: Serious questions are likely to be raised over the efficacy of desilting taken up by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in nalas in the city, with little or no impact of the desilting being seen in the nalas leading into the Hussain Sagar.

The heavy rains had literally flushed many of the nalas and brought their contents into the lake, which is now choking with plastic, apart from other trash.

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, which has already started the process of clearing the lake with over 50 men and specialized trash collecting machines, believes there are about 100 truckloads of waste in the lake right now.

“Given the inflow of trash, we expect about 100 truckloads of waste to be cleared. This will be shifted to the GHMC dumpyard at Lower Tank bund, and from there to the Jawaharnagar dumpyard,” a HMDA official said.

While clearing the lake in this manner is an annual process, the question is how has such a large quantity of trash ended up in the lake, especially after the GHMC had started year-long desilting of nalas in the city, unlike the earlier system that had nalas being desilted occasionally, mostly before monsoon.

The task was to clean the nalas covering over 950 km at a cost of Rs 30.18 crore. This year, authorities had planned to clear 7.44 lakh cubic metres of sludge from the nalas, 4.96 lakh cubic metres of which was to be cleared during pre-monsoon desiltation works before June 10. With officials clearing only 49 per cent of nalas, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy had directed them to expedite works.

Officials claim that all nalas were being cleared regularly but trash was being still dumped. Majority of the plastic waste and trash flowing into Hussainsagar is from Kukatpally, Qutbullapur, Picket and Cantonment areas.