Bon Cheruvu lake spews toxic foam: Denizens in Hyderabad at risk of skin allergies

Locals say that this is not the first time this has happened; confusion among GHMC officials.

Published: 13th July 2018 04:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2018 12:39 PM   |  A+A-

Toxic foam overflowing on to the road near Bon Cheruvu at Bowenpally in Hyderabad on Thursday | (S Senbagapandiyan | EPS)

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: It is indeed a sad sight at Bon Cheruvu in Bowenpally. On Tuesday, children in the locality could be seen playing with toxic foam emanating from the lake. In their innocence, they mistook it for soap bubbles, completely unaware of the dangers.

After heavy rainfall in the last few days, the situation has only worsened. The lake has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. According to them, sanitation workers from the GHMC clean the roads everyday and dump the resultant garbage into the lake. This leads to the mixing of toxins in the water and also blocks the drains.

Out of the four nalas through which water flows into this lake, three have been jammed due to sewerage waste.

The fourth one,the only one that water can flow through, is filled up with foam after heavy rains. This has been an issue for residents of Anjaiah Nagar who say that this happens every year.   

With no barricades and walls around the lake, and with it being right next to the main road in Bowenpally, it has become a danger for pedestrians and motorists.

To make things worse, there seems to be a confusion amongst authorities as to which jurisdiction it falls under. An official from GHMC circles of both Kukatpally and Qutubullapur said that the lake did not come under their purview.

Speaking to Express, GHMC deputy commissioner K Mangathayaru said that the water which flows into the lake comes from other areas, and that the drains were inter-linked, and that they could not do much.

“We have sprayed anti-foam chemicals,” he later added.

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