Hyderabad: Notices have been issued to five institutions at the Gachibowli Stadium, seeking explanations on the drainage which flowing into the University of Hyderabad (UoH).
The institutions are: IIIT Hyderabad, Ellaa Hotels, Hill Ridge Springs Resident Colony and IVRCL Builders.
Vigilant students and environmentalists had earlier registered complaints for letting untreated sewage into the university premises which had found its way into one of the largest lakes in campus —Peacock Lake.
“From our side, there was only a storm water drain let out to the university. This was stopped after receiving a complaint,” said Ms Shoba G, deputy director of SATS.
But students from the university stated that they have been raising this issue for years.
“Multiple complaints have been lodged both with the university authorities and the stadium administration. They have not done anything,” noted Ravi Jillapalli, a PhD scholar. “The stadium authorities are claiming that the sewage is from other institutions. If that is so, why is it flowing from the pipelines of the stadium?” he said.
Ravi also said that the university laboratory had tested the water and found the multidrug resistant bacteria in the lake water.
“This has been an issue since 2009. Both the SATS and the university authorities had been informed about it,” said Professor Sathya Prakash, who has been actively working to improve the quality of water in the lake.
He added that the pollution in the Peacock Lake has affected the other two lakes and would affect water on which more than 2,000 students in the university depend.
The administrator of the stadium, however, said that the GHMC should take note of this. “We have issued the notices. But where would they divert this sewage?” pointed out V. Srinivas, administrator of the stadium.