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Encroachments lead to dip in Osmansagar level

Water is still being drawn from these sources using pumps as the level is so low that it can’t be pulled with the help of gravity.

Published: 16th June 2020 10:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2020 10:22 AM   |  A+A-

A view of the Osmansagar in Hyderabad which has become a home to both ruddy shelducks and migratory flamingoes | VINAY MADAPU

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Water in Osmansagar is well below the dead storage level. In fact, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) has stopped updating its water levels on the official website after the lake went dry. However, according to official sources, the water board is still drawing water from the lake using pumps and supplying it to parts of Old City.

“Osmansagar is crucial as it is the only water body that supplies water to Asif Nagar and Mir Alam filter beds. From here, it is supplied to Old City.”

Speaking to Express, city-based lake protection activist Lubna Sarwath said, “Despite plenty of rain last year, no water has flowed into the lake due to the encroachments that had come up in the areas surrounding Osmansagar and Himayatsagar. This has effectively reduced the flow of water into the lake. Let’s hope that during this monsoon, the water gets replenished.”

The current water level at Osmansagar is 0.02 tmcft, which, according to officials, is lower than what was in 2013. Same goes for the neighbouring Himayatsagar. Water is still being drawn from these sources using pumps as the level is so low that it can’t be pulled with the help of gravity.


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  • Prasad

    Ms.Lubna garu i think the catchment areas did not receive enough rains last year as compared to normal averages; so the lakes did not receiv the water
    5 months ago reply
  • Ramakant

    Thousands of lakes which were existing in and around Hhyderabad 50 years ago today have lakhs of encroachments in them because of politicians having hard core white and or blue collar criminal backgrounds all these decades and because of highly corrupt IAS and IPS officers enjoying zero accountability all these decades.
    5 months ago reply
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