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Toxic foam flies from Hyderabad lakes


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Toxic foam flies from Hyderabad lakes

2017-08-01 22:09:39

Toxic foam flies from Hyderabad lakes

The News Bureau

Toxc foam was spotted coming out of yet another lake in Hyderabad as rains brought chemical pollutants into the lake along with rain water. Large cloud of froth accumulated in one corner of the R K Puram Lake on June 26 following a spell of rain. A rotting and pungent smell engulfed the surroundings. The lake is a part of the Alwal catchment area and is fed by water from several smaller water bodies in the area.

From this lake, water travels to the Safilguda Lake, also known as the 'mini tank bund', before travelling to Banda Cheruvu finally ending up in the Musi river."The foam coming from R K Puram lake is from toxic sewage runoff, and is caused by the high content of ammonia and phosphate. R K Puram lake is Malkajgiri's largest lake, but it has become the Malkajgiri-Defence Colony area drainage system, with sewage moving into the lake," activists who circulated the visuals to the media, said in a statement.

B T Srinivasan, General Secretary of the United Federation of Residents' Welfare Associations suspects that a manufacturing industry could be discharging effluents into the lake."The foam is definitely chemical in nature, evident from the smell. We think that someone may have set up an illegal manufacturing unit, and connected their drain to the lake. That is what we suspect as of now," he said adding that a complaint has beenn filed with the Pollution Control Board (PCB).

Interestingly, this is not the first such incident reported in the city this month. On June 8, Dharani Nagar witnessed froth, several feet high, along the Kukatpally nala - one of the four major nalas that dump industrial effluents into the Hussain Sagar lake, and eventually the Musi River. Ironically, this was the same area from where toxic foam overflowed onto the road in September last year.

“In 2016, the nala broke and polluted water entered into Dharini Nagar. The area was totally filled with water for a week, and residents had to be evacuated. The only way one could access the area was by boat. The GHMC had promised to desilt the nala and check on chemical waste dumping, but the episode has been repeated,” a local resident said.However, the PCB claims that the foam was caused by detergents and phosphates.

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Toxic foam flies from Hyderabad lakes

2017-08-01 22:09:39

The News Bureau

Toxc foam was spotted coming out of yet another lake in Hyderabad as rains brought chemical pollutants into the lake along with rain water. Large cloud of froth accumulated in one corner of the R K Puram Lake on June 26 following a spell of rain. A rotting and pungent smell engulfed the surroundings. The lake is a part of the Alwal catchment area and is fed by water from several smaller water bodies in the area.

From this lake, water travels to the Safilguda Lake, also known as the 'mini tank bund', before travelling to Banda Cheruvu finally ending up in the Musi river."The foam coming from R K Puram lake is from toxic sewage runoff, and is caused by the high content of ammonia and phosphate. R K Puram lake is Malkajgiri's largest lake, but it has become the Malkajgiri-Defence Colony area drainage system, with sewage moving into the lake," activists who circulated the visuals to the media, said in a statement.

B T Srinivasan, General Secretary of the United Federation of Residents' Welfare Associations suspects that a manufacturing industry could be discharging effluents into the lake."The foam is definitely chemical in nature, evident from the smell. We think that someone may have set up an illegal manufacturing unit, and connected their drain to the lake. That is what we suspect as of now," he said adding that a complaint has beenn filed with the Pollution Control Board (PCB).

Interestingly, this is not the first such incident reported in the city this month. On June 8, Dharani Nagar witnessed froth, several feet high, along the Kukatpally nala - one of the four major nalas that dump industrial effluents into the Hussain Sagar lake, and eventually the Musi River. Ironically, this was the same area from where toxic foam overflowed onto the road in September last year.

“In 2016, the nala broke and polluted water entered into Dharini Nagar. The area was totally filled with water for a week, and residents had to be evacuated. The only way one could access the area was by boat. The GHMC had promised to desilt the nala and check on chemical waste dumping, but the episode has been repeated,” a local resident said.However, the PCB claims that the foam was caused by detergents and phosphates.