HYDERABAD: For rejuvenation of the polluted Musi river, the state government will approach the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Incheon, South Korea for a loan of Rs 3,000 crore, minister for municipal administration and urban development KT Rama Rao has said.
A detailed project report on the beautification and conservation of Musi, construction of 10 more sewage treatment plants (STPs) and diversion of nalas is being prepared by the Environmental Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI) in consultation with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) and other departments concerned.
After the preparation of DPRs, the same will be discussed with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for taking his consent. It will be submitted to the chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) which is the nodal (routing) agency for approaching GCF for funds.
“If necessary, I, along with senior municipal department officials, will go to South Korea to meet the GCF officials for seeking funds for rejuvenation of the polluted Musi River,” KTR said.
Speaking to reporters after inspecting some stretches of the river between Uppal Bhagat, Nagole and Bapu Ghat on Monday, the minister said the government was committed to revive the Musi to its pristine glory in a phased manner.
The government will fulfil the assurance given to the people by beautifying the polluted river, he added. About 30 km of Musi, which flows through Greater Hyderabad, has become polluted with sewage from 51 nalas which is let out into the river. Of the 1,250 MLD sewage, only 605 MLD is treated and the remaining is let into the river, the minister said.
For developing certain stretch of Musi as a tourist spot, a 1-km-long stretch between Osmansagar and Bapu Ghat will be identified for taking up the beautification, storing of treated water and construction of rubber dams.
The minister asked GHMC, HMDA, tourism and irrigation departments to prepare a beautification plan in a month’s time and submit it to MAUD. The same will be brought to the notice of the chief minister for further action. Land pooling along the Musi banks, similar to Uppal Bhagat land pooling, will be undertaken.
A meeting with major construction companies in the country will be held in the city on March 15 to discuss creation and development of infrastructure in the city.
An expressway along the Musi to connect the Outer Ring Road (ORR) East to ORR West, a length of about 45 km, is also being planned to ease traffic congestion. 2-km-long stretch from Nagole to Uppal Bhagat will be beautified by HMDA by planting medicinal and aromatic plants to beat the foul smell.
Plan to Construct 10 STPS
EPTRI preparing a detailed project report on the beautification and conservation of Musi, construction of 10 more Sewage Treatment Plants and diversion of nalas.
A 1-km-long stretch between Osmansagar and Bapu Ghat will be developed as a tourist spot Rubber dams will be built on the river.
A 45-km-long expressway along the Musi to connect ORR East to ORR West is under consideration.
The 2-km-long stretch from Nagole to Uppal Bhagat will be beautified, and medicinal and aromatic plants will be planted.