Hyderabad: Telangana government has decided to appoint a Special Commissioner for protection, conservation, and development of water bodies in Greater Hyderabad limits. The commissioner will be posted at Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) K.T. Rama Rao issued directions to Special Chief Secretary Arvind Kumar in this regard. The minister said the government has been undertaking various programmes for beautification, development, and conservation of water bodies in the city for some time now.

The special commissioner will be given the responsibility of devising a comprehensive action plan for the development of the 185 lakes and other water bodies within the city of Hyderabad, Rama Rao said.

This will expedite the already ongoing programmes for the beautification, development, and protection of lakes, he said.

The special commissioner will be responsible for sewerage management, construction of sewage treatment plants, diversion of treated water, fixing Full Tank Levels of lakes, conservation of irrigation sources, beautification of lakes, strengthening of lake bunds, development of green cover on the bunds, and other such tasks.

The district-level lake protection committee will work under the special commissioner, who will have to work in coordination with Irrigation, Revenue, Municipal Administration, and State Pollution Control Board, apart from all other related departments. The Lake Protection Force, which is presently functioning under the Enforcement wing, will henceforth work under the Special Commissioner.

KTR reviewed the works taken up for development and conservation of lakes and development of stormwater drains by the Strategic Nala Development wing, which is an integral part of lake protection. He also reviewed other programmes of GHMC including SRDP, link roads, Musi river development and road development.

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