Harish Rao warns lake-land encroachers

  • Removal of hyacinth form 169 lakes
  • Beautification of lakes
  • Safeguarding the lakes

HYDERABAD: Irrigation Minister Harish Rao today warned that the state government would not spare anyone who dared to encroach upon lakes. The government was planning to book criminal cases against the encroachers, he warned.

Harish Rao, along with Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy, GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar and senior officials, inspected the Chinarayuni Cheruvu, where the GHMC was removing weeds with weed-harvester. The minister said the machine will help remove hyacinth accumulated in the lakes. Manual removing of the hyacinth is a laborious job and needs a lot of time for removing the same.

Harish Rao also said that the Mission Kakatiya has been taken as per the direction and vision of the Chief Minister, and the work is being taken up fast. 169 lakes that exist under GHMC limits will be taken up for removing hyacinth, similar to the lake Chinarayuni Cheruvu. Out of 169 lakes, 30 lakes will be taken up for the development and beautification to the standards of Mini Tank Bund in the first phase.

Harish Rao further stated that 1.5 crore rupees had been sanctioned for beautification of Chinarayuni Cheruvu. In the lake, all modernization facilities, development of greenery, lighting, walking track and other basic facilities are being provided to the citizens.

Rao said most of the lakes in the twin cities are being encroached, and the government was keen on safeguarding the lakes in protecting them from the encroachments. The lake protection is not only the responsibility of the citizens, but also that of the government,which takes all the necessary precautions to safeguard the lakes for the convenience of the citizens.

Somesh Kumar, commissioner & special officer, said the work on the two lakes and graveyards will be taken up in each circle, for which the budget has also been allocated for the 2015-16 budget. The commission is planning to plant 50-lakh samplings as a part of Harithaharam scheme. (NSS)

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