Year the cleaning of Musi river was mooted. The city of Hyderabad was established along the banks of this river. For centuries, the river was the lifeline of the city before it turned into the massive drain that it is today.
25 Mar 2017
The Musi Riverfront Development Corporation (MRDC) is formed - conceived to act as a nodal agency to monitor and coordinate the activities of various departments and agencies like the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB), to prepare and execute a comprehensive plan for abatement of pollution in the river and develop the riverfront.
Rs 1,665 crore
Amount estimated for the Musi River Project by the Musi Riverfront Development Corporation in the first board meeting on 24 Jun 2017.
Rs 500 crore
Estimated cost for the development of the riverfront and to include river cleaning, bank stabilization, river walkway, Musi Nature Grove, bridges, rowing course and water pools are proposed.
Rs. 1,165 crore
Estimated cost for river conservation and to include, sewage treatment at each Nala outlet, Sewer Mains, Sluice gates, 30 MLD sewage treatment plant (STP) at Hydershahkote, 6 MLD STP at Miralam and 70 MLD STP at Attapur.
23 Aug 2017
MRDC announces first phase of the project would commence by the year end. Under this phase 5 km between Puranapul and Chaderghat is to be beautified.
Almost another year passes, no Phase I kick off, no CCTVs! Yet again, under pressure from the High Court, MRDC conducts a competition and invites international firms to submit their designs for the beautification and development of the Musi and some firms were even shortlisted. No winners announced, no decision taken and no DPR prepared despite High Court directions to get moving.
11 Mar 2019
Phase I yet to kick off, however, MRDC conducts survey to identify encroachments under the order of the High Court. It identifies 1,200 encroachments - 56 encroachments in Medchal district, 275 in Ranga Reddy district and 738 in Hyderabad district and further announces it will conduct a social impact survey prior to their demolition.
03 Jun 2019
Phase I nowhere in sight! Again, under direction from the High Court, only progress made is completion of a survey by MRDC along with the Revenue Department, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and the police to identify 16 locations prone to regular dumping of debris, and a decision to install CCTV cameras to find out who is doing the dumping.
Even though Rs 754 crore had been allocated to the body by the state in successive budgets, only a meagre Rs 3.12 crore has been spent, mostly for paying salaries. Disappointingly, all of the works mentioned above are yet to the light of day!