Hyderabad: SOUL (Save Our Urban Lakes) has expressed “apprehensions” about HMDA’s ‘adopt a lake’ scheme launched recently.
It has pointed out the risk of lakes becoming private property, where organisations could deny access to the general public. In a representation made to Neerabh Kumar Prasad, metropolitan commissioner, HMDA, SOUL members cited the example of three lakes ‘handed over’ to Hyderabad Golf Association (HGA) by AP tourism department, where access to ordinary citizens is denied due to monopoly by HGA members.
“We welcome this initiative by HMDA for involving citizens in upkeep of lakes. But in the guise of ‘adoption’, those who have the financial clout to invest resources, may completely take control of the lake,” notes Dr Jasveen Jairath, co-convenor. SOUL expressed its opposition to the current form of ‘adoption’, which has loose ends and scope to get encroached by private organisations.