There isn’t any outflow channel for the Gurram Cheruvu that breached the bund and inundated Hafiz Baba Nagar, in line with findings of Irrigation division officers who visited the lake in Balapur. All they discovered was a diminutive sluice via which not even one per cent of flood water could possibly be drained.
While officers should not happening report saying that the lake was encroached, an FIR filed with the Balapur police and later transferred to the Chandrayangutta police station confirms that encroachment makes an attempt had been reported final yr.
The criticism was filed by Balapur mandal income officer towards seven individuals who had been filling up the lake mattress and levelling it utilizing heavy equipment. The individuals named within the FIR had been Abdulla Saadi, Farooq Saadi, Ali Saadi, Umar Baom, Mohammed Bin Hyder, Hasham and Mustafa, a few of them with felony report.
Google Maps shows the stuffed up land on the opposite facet of the bund, and rumours are afloat that the lake was breached on goal to avoid wasting the encroachment from flooding.
Pictures don’t lie
The historic pictures from 2014 and 2017 present ample water the place the bottom is levelled now, and even these as latest as November 2019 present some water on the opposite facet.
“It is a clear encroachment, and doubts that the lake was deliberately breached are not without basis,” says Lubna Sarwat, State common secretary of Socialist Party (India), and well-known activist for lakes.
Irrigation officers, nevertheless, haven’t confirmed that, and mentioned the lake was already brimming with water owing to the spell of rain as much as October 13. The officers have been on the bottom making an attempt to empty water via the sluice, with some success, regardless of vociferous objections from the dwellers downstream.
“We brought the water to safer levels, but before we could heave a sigh of relief, there was another bout of very heavy rain. The bund gave way under the pressure allowing the water to gush forth,” knowledgeable an official.
The Gurram Cheruvu is a part of a community, which comprises Burhan Khan Cheruvu, Balapur Pedda Cheruvu, Venkatapuram Cheruvu and someplace within the line, the Gurramkani Cheruvu also referred to as Shukoor Lake.
From Gurram Cheruvu, the outflow channel meets the confluence of outflows from different lakes resembling Palle Cheruvu, Salkam Cheruvu and Surram Cheruvu, that are all notified lakes of big extents. “All these outflow channels meet to make a huge stream of water closer to Al Jubeil and Ghazi-e-Millat Colonies, which were drowned recently. The stream goes on to join Musi river,” explains Ms.Sarwat.
Owing to encroachments within the outflow channel of Balapur Pedda Cheruvu, which empties into Gurram Cheruvu, Nabil Colony is flooded too, she says.