Death of a river: How pride of Hy’bad, Musi, has turned into a cocktail of toxic waste
Hyderabad, August 17: What is wrong with our cities? Why all the natural water bodies in various metros of the country are fast turning into a mixture of sewage and chemical waste?
If frothing of Bellandur lake in Bengaluru, Karnataka, is sending shockwaves across the country, then the plight of Musi river, once the pride of Hyderabad, Telangana, is no less horrible.
Once a fresh water river, today, Musi has turned into a cocktail of sewage and chemical waste. Scientists fear that the Musi river is dying a slow death because of the negligence on the part of the successive governments and society at large.
"There is a gradual destruction of Musi river in the last few decades. The authorities never gave attention to environment. Unfortunately, the Musi river stood neglected," lamented a scientist.
The river, which flows through Telangana, is a tributary of the Krishna river in the Deccan Plateau. The city of Hyderabad stands on the banks of the river, which divides the historic old city with the new city.
According to reports, an estimated 350 million litres a day of polluted water and sewage from Hyderabad and Secunderabad flows into the river.
"Efforts to clean the river have failed. We have killed the river and committed a major crime by doing so," added the scientist.