Hyderabad (Rahnuma) The renewed HMDA Park will stands on the dried portion of the historic Bum-Ruknud-Dowla Lake at Shivrampally, Hyderabad. Bum-Rukn-ud-Dowla lake, is a historic heritage 104-acre water body, The lake was constructed in 1770 by Nawab Rukn-ud-Daula – the Prime Minister of Sikandar Jah – the 3rd Nizam of Hyderabad.
The abandoned part of the dried lake which was supposed to be park had turned into a vacant land after the nursery existed here till recent was shifted to somewhere else.
Earlier, both the officials inspected the entire area in and around the park and take stock of the damage caused to the compound wall as well as the upswing of water in historic Bum Ruknud Dowla lake that swamped the dried portion of the park in recent rains.
Though the officials of Urban Forestry Wing of GHMC was made a visit to the park few months ago, they by themselves unaware of the same for years owing to its tucked away location closed to National Highway 44, on the city outskirts. A report emerged in Hans India on 18th June, have drag the attention of officials who finds the isolated park in negligible state wearing deserted look.
After a much delay, the works to promote “tree park along with walking track” facility has finally kicks start by the Department of Urban Forestry, at HMDA Park, Shivramplly.
According to officials the delay was caused due to some other imperative commitments during the seasonal rains and nothing else as perceived.
It is pertinent to mentioned here that the issue of abandoned HMDA Park was raised by Hans India few months ago and in recent after the suspicious delay observed in commencing of works to reinvigorate the park from its past glory.
“Nothing has constrained us from making this project takes a complete shape. We have already informed the engineering wing of HMDA to reconstruct the broken parts of the compound wall which has developed sizeable breaches from three locations. At the same time we have employed workers to cut the shrubs and bushes inside the park in primary stage that would help us scale the length and width of the area to be raised as a tree park and walking track,” informed Srinath Reddy, Forest Manager Department of Urban Forestry.
“We have already got the approval from the department for this project and have finally embarked on to complete it without any further ado. According to a conservative estimation a Rs.5 lakhs would be spent to promote tree park along with walking track. The entire work will be completed in one month,” said I. Prakash, District Forest Officer(DFO) South, Department of Urban Forestry HMDA.