People's Plaza Closed for a Year

The Hussainsagar bank being barricaded for use as dumping yard for 1,95,000 cubic metres of sediment

Published: 27th January 2014 09:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th January 2014 09:29 AM   |  A+A-


There would be no more exhibitions, cultural performances, trade fairs and other musical events or expositions at the sprawling People’s Plaza on the Necklace Road stretch till this year end.

The Buddha Purnima Project (BPP) wing of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has decided to use the open space as temporary dumping site for dumping the non-hazardous sediment material piled up at the mouth of Balkapur nala.

The HMDA has started barricading the People’s Plaza by erecting plastic sheets and the dredging activities will start from the next month and would continue for at least six to seven months.

For hiring the People’s Plaza by event organisers for a day, the BPP charges `51,000 per day and thus it would lose `1 crore to `1.50 crore during the next seven to eight months.

HMDA officials told Express that it has become inevitable to turn the People’s Plaza into temporary dumping site as the sediment of 1,95,000 cubic metres that got accumulated at Balkapur nala has to be dredged out by a private agency.

As the sediment would be wet in nature, it has to be dried for 15 -20 days in an open place, after which it will be shifted to the permanent site at Gajularamaram on the city outskirts. The dried dredged material is harmless and will emit no foul smell. This is being done as per the directions of the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board.

They said that dredging and disposal of sediment at the mouth of three storm water drains is the crucial component of Hussainsagar and Catchment area Improvement Project (HCIP). The `370 crore project is taken up by the HMDA with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The HMDA has identified four dredging zones at the confluence points of nalas to remove about 6.5 lakh cum out of the total 10 lakh cum.

The remaining 3.50 lakh cum coming from Kukatpally nala would be taken up later as the sediment s said to be chemically hazardous in nature. The sediment would be removed only after submission of a detailed report by the Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI).

The agencies have commenced dredging of non hazardous sediment at Picket nala (3,09,989 cum) and Banjara nala (1,52,712 cum). Dredging work will be taken up at a cost of `40 crore.

In the sediment analysis of Kukatpally nala it was found cadmium and other chemical content exceeding permissible limit and hazardous in nature as industries from Jeedimetla, Balanagar, Fathenagar and other areas are letting chemicals into the nala.

They cannot be dumped in open places, for disposing with hazardous chemicals there is need to have a Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF). Based on the recommendations of the EPTRI, HMDA  will take necessary action to deal with hazardous waste, they added.

The main objectives of the project are to maintain round the year water level in the lake at FTL 513.4 Mtrs, and improve the water quality to the SW2 standards.


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