Himayatsagar lake eco Park project still remains on paper

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The Himayat Sagar lake is one of the beautiful lakes dotting the Hyderabad region. It is a very beautiful, neat, and clean artificial lake, makes an ideal weekend picnic spot. The construction of the reservoir on Esi a tributary of Musi River for providing drinking water source for twin cities of Hyderabad, Secunderabad and saving the city from floods. In 2013, govt said Himayatsagar lake eco Park project With an estimated budget of Rs. 30 crore will be done soon to save Telangana tourism.

Himayatsagar lake eco Park project still remains on paper

Touted as a first-of-its-kind project in the State to help citizens revel amid nature, the Eco Park that was to come up on the city outskirts still remains on paper. With an estimated budget of Rs. 30 crore, the project was initiated in 2013 with the master plan prepared by a noted architect, Kishore Pradhan. A site of 85 acres in Kothwalguda abutting Himayatsagar lake was selected for the park, which was previously used for quarrying.

Before the 2014 elections and subsequent bifurcation, work had begun at the site. Roads and pathways were laid at the site, besides taking up plantation drives. The plan of the HMDA, which took possession of the land, was to make the most of the scenic hillock at the site.

The park was to be developed in three phases which included agro park trails, mountain biking tracks, afforestation with native flora, picnic area, amphitheatres, sculpture park, solar farm, rural-themed park beside food courts. The HMDA had also planned a butterfly park and an aquatic bird park by utilising the deeply excavated three quarry pits filled with water.

Though the department has been spending lakhs towards security and maintenance of the place, the work related to the park has come to a standstill since two years. Though the required budget was allocated by the previous regime, the present government is yet to show any interest in the project.

When quizzed on the issue, B.L.N. Reddy, Chief Engineer, HMDA said due to the paucity of funds, the project is yet to take off, but expressed confidence that a formal approval will be given soon. He further added that once the park is completed, it is expected to fetch good returns as it will turn out to be a popular tourist spot.