Telangana government to study other city riverfronts to draw plan

Hyderabad: After Sabarmati, the state government will be studying the riverfronts at Lucknow, Jaipur and Patna before drawing up plans for the Musi.

Musi Riverfront Development Corporation chairman Prem Singh Rathore said a high-level delegation will visit these cities in two months. He said the plan was to start the Musi project in three months and complete it in three years.

Mr Rathore, who led a delegation to the Sabarmati riverfront said the 33-km stretch of the Musi-Osmansagar to Golnaka would be developed in the first phase.

“Water flow in the Musi will be maintained up to 100 feet. We will be building walking tracks, parks and gardens wherever the river is wide. The big challenge is encroachments besides ensuring that no polluted water flows through the river.”

There is a plan to construct 32 sewerage treatment plants to prevent polluted water entering the river said.

The team which visited the Sabarmati riverfront included apart from Mr Rathore, mayor Bonthu Rammohan, the municipal administration secretary, commissioners of HMDA, GHMC and managing of the Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

Mr Rathore said the team had visited the riverfront on Thursday and Friday.

He said that, “There was scope to construct a bigger riverfront on the Musi which stretches up to 33 km. Unlike the Sabarmati river, where water stands still, Musi is at a slight advantage since water will be flowing,” he said.  

The Musi riverfont will have retention of water pool at the confluence and facilities like landscape, boating, walkway bridges, amphitheatre. The HMDA has taken up riverfront development on one side of the Musi on a 2.2-km stretch at Uppal Bhagat. 

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