PCB Slaps Notice on Ananda Homes and Pooja Homes for Encroaching Neknampur Lake, ET RealEstate

March 2, 2024

HYDERABAD: The Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) has served notifications to Ananda Homes and Pooja Homes on Tuesday, instructing them to halt construction activities near Neknampur lake in Manikonda. The firms were found to have unlawfully encroached upon the lake and disposed of debris into it without authorisation, officials stated.

They have been granted a seven-day period to respond to the notice and adhere to the directives.

According to TSPCB, the builders neglected to obtain a valid Consent for Establishment (CFE) certificate. “At the TSPCB task force committee meeting, both companies were instructed that the discharge of wastewater into the lake is prohibited. They must reroute treated sewage away from the lake, install an organic waste converter, and ensure a mandatory 4% utilisation of solar power. Also, the construction of treatment facilities within the 20% buffer area is prohibited, and both builders will be subjected to a performance-related bank guarantee. Moreover, they are required to clear debris from the lake vicinity within one month,” said Prasanna Kumar, scientist at TSPCB.

The lake lacks a sewage treatment plant, relying entirely on natural filters such as six wetlands and aerators for filtration. Recently, it was recognised as the country’s largest man-made avian island.

“The project falls within a 10 km radius of Himayatsagar and Osmansagar, subject to GO 111, which prohibits industrial establishments within a 10 km radius of both lakes. Labour camps have been constructed adjacent to the lake. Sewage and solid waste from the camps are being discharged into the lake without treatment. Septic tanks have been built near the lake. During inspection, it was noted that the septic tanks were full and could overflow into the lake, thereby polluting it,” stated the notice issued to the construction firms.

This notification comes in response to complaints filed by the Dhruvansh Foundation. “The companies were dumping debris, and over 500 labourers were practicing open defecation around the lake. Additionally, a basement was constructed in the lake’s buffer zone, through which lake water was extracted for construction purposes,” said Madhulika Chaudhary from Dhruvansh Foundation.

  • Published On Mar 2, 2024 at 12:00 PM IST

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