Joint committee report on allegations of disposal of untreated sewage into the waterbodies located in Central University campus, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Telangana, 01/04/2023

  • 01/04/2023

Joint Committee report in the matter of Dr. Devesh Nigam Vs The State of Telangana dated 01/04/2023.

Dr. Devesh Nigam, Registrar, University of Hyderabad in his complaint to the NGT said that untreated sewage and medical waste was being discharged into Central University campus by Sports Complex of Telangana and Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) and also from adjacent colonies.

The NGT, January 3, 2023 directed a joint committee to look into the grievance, visit the site, collect relevant information and submit factual as well as action taken, if any and submit report within two months. The officials of University of Hyderabad informed the joint committee that four water bodies- Peacock Lake, Chilakala Kunta, Gundla Kunta and Gunneru Kunta are located within the premises of the University of Hyderabad (Central University).

The committee noted that the main source of water pollution in Peacock lake is due to untreated sewage from a nallah and four drains passing from TNGOs colony area into Central University campus. The committee observed that a thin flow of untreated domestic sewage from upstream of Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) is joining peacock lake. The Joint Committee has also observed that un-treated sewage from Gopanapally village is joining university campus and flowing into Nallagandla lake from two points.

The joint committee in its report recommended that the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) shall take necessary measures to avoid untreated sewage entering into the premises of M/s. University of Hyderabad by construction of interception and diversion structures (I&D) or construction of sewage treatment plants for treatment and disposal of un-treated sewage from residential areas entering into the university premises which is ultimately jointing peacock lake and Nallagandla lake.