HYDERABAD: A public interest litigation petition was filed in the High Court seeking directions to the Telangana government and other departments concerned to protect the precious lakes of the city from illegal encroachment and dumping of wastage. It sought stringent action against the encroachers and against the factories which releases poisonous liquid pollutants in the lakes situated in and around the city.
Petitioner M Shahira Begum, resident of the city, submitted that the continuous encroachments around the water bodies in and around the capital city is resulting in causing destruction and pollution of the water bodies, and also showing serious health hazards to the citizens residing near the lakes. At present, only 438 water bodies/lakes were existing as against 3,000 earlier. Pollution of water and encroachments was rampant in major lakes like Durgam Cheruvu, Saroornagar lake, Kapra cheruvu, Kotha cheruvu and Hussain Sagar, she pointed out.
Principal secretary to municipal administration and urban development, secretary to Telangana state pollution control board, commissioners of GHMC and HMDA were named as the respondents. The matter is expected to come up for hearing on Tuesday.