The State government is considering to come up with a separate corporation which would help in speeding up the proposed plans of beautification, sewerage treatment and expressway development over the river.Responding during question hour in Legislative Council, Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development K Taraka Rama Rao said that to control encroachments on the river banks and the beautification process of the Musi the government was considering to form a separate corporation.
He explained that the corporation will also ensure the idea of 40 km Expressway connecting ORR of West and East will turn into a reality. “All the aspects related to Musi will be brought under the jurisdiction of the new corporation,” he said.On the issue of uncontrolled pollution levels in Musi, the Minister explained that the TS Pollution Control Board was regularly testing the water quality at Musi at eight spots from Gandipet to Wadapally, Nalgonda district for any effluent containing problems. He informed in this effort the Board issued closure notices to eight companies for releasing effluents into the river in 2016.
Further, he informed that night patrolling was increased during the recent days to prevent any dumping in the darkness. “GPRS system was installed for preventing dumping of discharge from the treatment plants in the Musi,” he said.According to the Minister, the Musi River which receives 93 percent of the total effluents of the City needs more sewerage treatment plants and government would address this problem with an ‘integrated approach’.
The treatment plants alone cost Rs 920 crore towards containing the problem of effluents. On the issue of beautification, he said that the construction of ‘rubber dam’ near the High Court was a failed experiment.