The Telangana government declared Ameenpur lake as a Biodiversity Heritage Site, the first in the country for a water body. It is the first BHS in the state and has about 171 bird, 250 plant and nine fish species apart from 26 aquatic beetles and 41 butterfly species. Ameenpur Lake, one of the finest locales on Hyderabad outskirts. Ameenpur Lake is just behind Miyapur on the way to Bachupalli.
The lake on the outskirts of the city has become one of the biggest attractions for waterfowl and migratory birds drawing in legions of photographers and birdwatchers during weekends. With the biodiversity heritage tag given under the Biological Diversity Act 2002, the lake, which will now be managed by a locally constituted Biodiversity Management Committee, also becomes eligible for funding for upkeep of the lake as well as its protection.
According to Tejdeep Kaur Menon, Director General, Telangana State Special Protection Force (TSSPF), this is the fruition of a sustained effort begun early in 2015 to save the 93.15-acre lake with a series of clean-up campaigns in and around the lake.
Following a nod by State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao for the tag, State Principal Secretary BR Meena notified it as a Biodiversity Heritage Site.
Officers and men of TSSPF had been collecting and disposing garbage from the lake environs even before it was taken up for formal adoption on August 7, 2015.
Apart from helping to protect the lake and its biodiversity, the tag will also help protect it from encroachments and make it eligible for funding.
A variety of local and migratory birds, including egrets, herons, cormorants, kingfishers and river terns, throng the lake and make it an attractive destination for people and for photographers — amateur and professional.
TSSPF has adopted the Ameenpur village, and with the help of residents initiated a garbage disposal system in cooperation with the authorities of Medak district.
Apart from protecting the lake from pollutants, the Force also turned to the State Pollution Control Board for its support to check effluents and set up a sewerage treatment plant with funds provided by the industries in the vicinity of the lake.
TSSPF also planted over 4,000 saplings in the dry tracts of the lake bed and on its fringes.