Hyderabad: The state government has decided to set up the Durgam Cheruvu Development Corporation (DCDC) to improve the water quality in the lake and develop it as a world class tourist destination. Municipal administration principal secretary Arvind Kumar has handed over the job to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and asked it submit proposals at the earliest.
According to highly placed sources in the department, DCDC will be a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to fund the project.
The developmental works will be taken up in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode. The work will include construction of sewerage treatment plant (STP) which can treat 25 million litres a day (MLD) of residual sewage. Currently, the Durgam Cheruvu has a five MLD STP and the excess water has been diverted to Malkam Cheruvu which has resulted in the death of the lake.
The department is planning to install water jets with lighting where bio-remediation will be done to improve the quality of water. To attract tourists the DCDC will install a glassed-in viewing deck to accommodate about 50 people.
The Durgam Cheruvu lighting has been taken up by the Raheja Group under corporate social responsibility at an estimated cost of `8 crore and the government will later decide if it will install the water jets to enhance the ambience....