Sewage Pollution: Sewage pollution in Mushkin Cheruvu causes fish death | Hyderabad News
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Sewage Pollution: Sewage pollution in Mushkin Cheruvu causes fish death | Hyderabad News

Sewage Pollution: Sewage pollution in Mushkin Cheruvu causes fish death | Hyderabad News

Hyderabad: In the series fatal fish accidents harassing city lakes, Muskin of the Red in Narsingi has joined the ranks. Hundreds of dead fish have been found in its waters over the past week. Locals lament that in the past few days, they have become a common sight, giving off a stench and carrying diseases.
“I walk around the lake every morning and recently I saw fish struggling on the surface, almost gasping for air. A few days ago, I found them floating dead,” said M Ishwar Rao, a 65-year-old resident. Residents attribute the disturbing sight to sewage flowing from nearby residential and commercial complexes.
“The stench is unbearable. If you look closely, you can clearly see that the water is filled with sewage. It is a far cry from the freshwater haven it once was; it is now a cesspool,” said Madhulash Chaudhary, a teacher who lives near the lake.
Chaudhary also highlighted the health hazards caused by the lake’s deteriorating condition, noting, “It has become a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. We are forced to keep our windows closed after 4 p.m. to keep the insects away.”Adding to community complaints, residents said the Manikonda Municipality is dumping waste into the lake. And the lake does not have a proper sewage treatment plant to filter sewage before it reaches the lake.
Violation of regulations
They further raised concerns regarding violation of environmental regulations, citing uncontrolled construction within the full-level zone of the lake reservoir, contrary to GO111 regulations.
In fact, a public interest litigation was also filed in the National Environment Tribunal in 2021 regarding illegal construction of residential properties around Narsingi Lake, Mushkin Cheruvu and Nagi Reddy Kunta. Despite this, no violations have been reported by the HMDA. Although the lake falls under GO111, is located in the Osman Sagar buffer zone, the authorities still do not recognise it.
Moreover, the Telangana Pollution Control Board (TGPCB), which is responsible for monitoring water pollution, has delisted this lake from the list of 185 notified lakes in the city.
When contacted by TOI, Manikonda municipality officials denied the presence of sewage or pollution in the lake.
“Just last week, we diverted sewage to the nearby ‘Kaccha’ nala. We don’t know why the fish are dying. There may be an industrial pollution drain connected to the lake, which we need to investigate,” said a civic official. The irrigation department declined to comment on the matter.