Rs 100 Cr Sanctioned for Osman Sagar (Gandipet) Beautification
The government accorded administrative sanction for Rs 100 crores to take up the beautification of Osman Sagar (Gandipet). Principal Secretary Municipal Administration Arvind Kumar issued orders to this effect on Monday. The expenditure will be met directly from the HMDA funds.
A task force ‘Gandipet Lake Development Task Force’ will be set up under the aegis of HMDA involving Tourism, Revenue, Irrigation, Water Board, TSSPDCL and Social Forestry, Mr Kumar Said. HMDA will come out with an action plan to make the lake a perennial source. Further, while developing an eco-friendly recreational tourist destination, HMDA shall incorporate the latest and best components available world over and would integrate with nature and green cover seamlessly. It should become an icon green recreational tourism zone in the process in a self funding and self sustainable manner, he stated.
The HMDA has proposed to make the Gandipet lake a holiday destination for tourists, without compromising on the water quality and without taking up any activity which affect the quality of the water body directly or indirectly. Initially it is proposed to take up the walking track, cycling track, road formation, chain link mesh fencing, street lighting, shoreline strengthening, and landscaping around the periphery of Osman Sagar for length of 25 kms. Once the above works are taken up commercially viable components such as revolving restaurant, cable car, house boats, night camping area, food courts etc on Public Private Partnership or lease mode will be taken up, the Principal Secretary said.