STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Forget Boat Rides If Hussainsagar Level Goes Down

If the lake’s water-level falls by another three feet then boating activities on the lake will be reduced drastically from next month.

Published: 25th May 2015 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th May 2015 08:21 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Soon tourists and residents of the city will be deprived of boating activities on Hussainsagar lake thanks to the steady dewatering of the lake.

If the lake’s water-level falls by another three feet then boating activities on the lake will be reduced drastically from next month.

boat.jpgThe Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), with the assistance of different government agencies, has recently opened about six sluices on the Tank Bund Road near Mariott Hotel to let out more water along the Hussainsagar surplus drain. Due to deepening and widening of the sluices, water levels have decreased by 5 to 6 feet in the last one month.

Another three feet decrease in water level will impact the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) as operating the four mechanised boats and two cruisers will become tough. Finding a proper level to dock or moor the boats at the shore is becoming difficult with each passing day.

Due to depleting water levels, it has become difficult to ferry people from the jetties into the mechanised boats as their height has risen due to fall in the water levels. “If the water levels plummet by another three feet or more, our full-fledged activities will be drastically reduced and it will become difficult to run the four mechanised boats and two cruisers (Khairunnissa or Bhagmati). But there will be no problem for small-sized speed boats,” TSTDC officials told Express.

“From the last one month our revenues have fallen down by 25 per cent as we did not operate the boats to their full capacity,” another TSTDC official said.     

They said there is a chance of shifting the boating activities to other districts. The mechanised boats might be shifted to other tourist spots in Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar or Nagarjunsagar etc as they cannot be kept idle.

Hussainsagar, which is considered one of Asia’s largest man-made lakes, has always been a major source of recreation to the tourists and residents alike from 30 years.

The boats are a major part of the revenue and dewatering exercise will hit the revenue hard, officials said. The demand for a boat ride in Hussainsagar is mainly from corporates, which take their employees for dinner on the boats on special occasions.

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp