Development Issues

Vanishing lakes of Hyderabad

Print edition : April 03, 2015

Durgam Cheruvu, as it appears today from the west side. Pipes meant for a sewer line can be seen on the lakebed. In the distance is a modern building housing IT companies, which have mushroomed around this area in the past 15 years. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Employees of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation filling water into tankers at Durgam Cheruvu for public gardening purposes. Photo: Kunal Shankar

On the banks of the Hussain Sagar Lake. It is part of the city's identity, and the open space around it is a major tourist draw. Much of the promenade space, parks and roads are on what was once the lakebed. Photo: Kunal Shankar

The Jeedimetla canal. It is an open drain carrying effluents from the Jeedimetla Industrial Area, one of India's largest small-scale industrial hubs, which is dotted with pharmaceutical, electroplating, and chemical drum washing companies. The canal joins the Kukatpally canal and together they carry 250 million litres of toxic effluents a day to the Hussain Sagar Lake. Photo: Kunal Shankar

The Kukatpally canal as it joins the Hussain Sagar Lake. It is the largest, and the most toxic, of the five canals carrying the city's waste into the lake. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Rapid and unplanned urbanisation has shrunk and polluted Hyderabad’s waterbodies, main among them the Hussain Sagar Lake.
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