Chief secretary PK Mohanty on Friday directed the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to develop a comprehensive master plan for conservation and beautification of Mir Alam Tank.
He asked the GHMC to send proposals for allocation of `50 crore for development of Mir Alam Tank over the next three years with sharing of funds from the irrigation department (`25 crore) and GHMC (`25 crore).
Mohanty along with Mayor M Majid Hussain, GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar, Hyderabad district Collector Mukesh Kumar Meena, water board MD J Syamala Rao and other senior officials inspected the Mir Alam Tank on Friday.
He asked the corporation to send proposals for constitution of ‘Mir Alam Tank Development Authority’ under the chairmanship of chief secretary and the GHMC commissioner. GHMC will act as nodal officer to take up the development and beautification of three islands of Mir Alam Tank.
Mohanty asked them to take up diversion and treatment of sewerage being let into the lake as well as to explore the possibilities of extending the ring bund to the balance area i.e, adjacent to Zoo Park and to take up dredging and desilting to improve the water holding capacity of the lake.
The commissioner explained about the developmental works being initiated by the GHMC and informed that an amount of `5 crore was sanctioned for various components of the tank protection and beautification.
Repairs and patch up work will be taken up to the existing fencing which will be installed over the foundation wall. MS grill and entry gates are also proposed to be erected along the main road. Three entry plazas are proposed, each at both the ends of the ring bund and one will be in the mid way.
A proper parking area will be demarcated for convenience of the public amenities like seating, toilets, play equipment, lighting, cafeteria, amphitheaters, stalls, kiosks, etc will be developed. In view of the environmental concern all the structures will be built as temporary structures for conserving the lake ecology.
Plantation will be taken up in the peripheral areas as well as approach roads and also along the foreshore area to protect the soil, water recycling, improvement and protection from encroachments.
It was also proposed to develop bicycling tracks on the tank ring bund covering a length of 6.5 km and setting up of two bicycle stations at the two ends of the bund. A landscape park will also be developed with thematic plantations and lawn area, on the available land area at Kishanbagh.
Suitable high jet fountains will be installed in the water spread area to provide aeration and aesthetics.