• Next hearing on January 3

Hyderabad: Telangana High Court has directed the state government to prepare a concrete action plan to clean River Musi and submit it before the Court by January 3, 2020. It also opined that there seems to be lack of will to undertake such exercises in case of not only Musi but also Tank Bund. The latter, though looks beautiful on the outside, is full of poisonous pollutants.

The Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A Abhishek Reddy gave this direction while hearing a PIL on this issue. The Court took up this issue as a PIL after seeing a report in a prominent Telugu daily about the deadly impact of pollution on people in 66 villages along Musi.

The Court issued notices to Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries of Environmental Department, Municipal & Urban Affairs Department, Industries Department and Commissioner GHMC, MD of HMWSSB, Member Secretary of Telangana Pollution Control Board and Collectors of Ranga Reddy, Vikarabad, Hyderabad, Medchal, Malkajgiri, and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri.

The Bench reacted sharply to the submission made by Special Government Pleader S Sharat Kumar that the government is not able to act because of several pending cases on this issue. It said such submission is nothing but excuses for not performing and questioned why the government did not work in areas that are not mired with litigation. Pointing out a lack of cases in the area behind the High Court building where Musi was flowing, the Bench asked why it is not being cleaned. Although Musi Riverfront Development Corporation chairman had promised to get this cleaned within three months, they are still waiting. When the government could overcome severe obstacles and complete Kaleshwaram project, taking up this sort of exercise should not be much of a problem. The Bench advised the government to study how this was being done in other states and countries and take concrete steps to clean the water bodies.

Commenting about the pollution in Tank Bund, the Bench lamented that statues are being immersed in lake unmindful of the consequences. It mentioned that God means cleanliness and hoped such a situation would be remedied. The Bench made it clear that it will hear all cases related to Musi River at the next hearing on January 3 and directed the registry to post them together.

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One comment on "Telangana HC directs state government to prepare action plan to clean River Musi"

  • A decade back freelancer prepared a film on Musi [with my voice and plan]; every other day media reports on the state of Musi. Now some media claim that their report was taken a suo-mottoo by High Court. We filed a PIL in AP High Court on Durgam Cheruvu and the court directed the government to demolish the illegal buildings in FTL & buffer zone. The officials collected their share and there ended. Now the presented government destroyed the Durgam Cheruvu and helped their friends through commercialization in and around the Lake. We filed a case against illegal activities in the catchment area of the two drinking water lakes, namely Himayatsagar and Osmansagar that used to provide drinking water through gravity. The government submitted a memo [published in news papers & TVs] accepting GO111 in principle and assigned the job to officials of different agencies. The court directed to bring out Lake Protection Authority but a toothless lake protection committee was formulated to collect mamools from violators. Government encouraged the Cyberabad Police to adapt these two lakes but with my intiative they backed out. Again now government agencies with IAS officers doing the same. They wanted to help violators of GO111 & Supreme Court Order of December 2000 with a Precautionary Principle. They are planning a ring road to help the Resorts to mint money and make the ring road an adda for anto-social activities — liquor, drug, prostitutes, etc]. With this they indirectly killing the GO111 and thus the two lakes for a huge price from violators. Also, the government is planning such beatification around the lakes in the city. The present government became big brother of Chandrababu who destroyed the lakes under the disguise of eco-tourism and real estate ventures. He even shifted Shamshabad Air port into Himayatsagar catchment by 2200 acres to benefit TDP leaders. They built ORR1 to benefit their big brother and this created abstruction to flows in to the lake and causing floods to Rajendranagar. Musi is already around 50% encroached and all industrial and domestic waste is entering in to the lake. When GO111 is killed the Musi becomes a dead river with no inflows from the catchment.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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