HYDERABAD: Summer has set in and mercury is already shooting up to 40. Where does one go to relax? Besides, of course, a cinema and the usual malls and parks? Children would scream Snow World! The amusement park, which creates conditions akin to Europe with artificial snow, at the lower tank bund. But visitors who are flocking to this along with their kids are returning with disgusted faces. All thanks to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) dumping yard just beside it.
“How can anybody allow this kind of garbage and smoke at a place which attracts quite a number of tourists?” wondered Ravindra Lathe, an assistant professor from Gulbarga in Karnataka who visited the Snow World with his family on Wednesday.
The garbage segregation point at the lower tank bund is where urban waste is dumped and burnt. It is spread across approximately two acres and the thick smoke billowing out of it and the accompanying stench is the first thing that visitors to the Snow World notice. The management of the Snow World and the Tourism department have complained to the GHMC to take action in this regard but without response till date.
“90% of the visitors are from different parts of the country. We are running short of excuses as the visitors keep complaining about the smoke drifting from the dumping yard from dawn to dusk. Whenever we complain, the GHMC gives some excuse or the other for not shifting the segregation point to another part of the city,” said an official at the Snow World. On an average, around 500 people visit the amusement park every day.
The dumping yard has been at the tank bund for years much before the amusement park was set up in 2004.