In her letter, the student said that a pond near the Medchal RTO office was dying and required urgent intervention by officials.

KTR responds to Class 7 girls letter on polluted pond in Hyd
news News Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 08:28

Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday took note of a letter by a school student, seeking the restoration and beautification of a water body near her house.

The girl, Niyati, a Class 7 student of St Ann’s High School in Hyderabad said that she was a resident of NCL Sindhu, situated near the Medchal highway.

In her letter, the student said that a pond near the Medchal RTO office was dying and required urgent intervention by officials.

"This is to bring to your kind attention that the nearby residents are trying relentlessly to prevent the pond from further decay but in vain. Rapid growth of human habitation has turned the pond into a cesspool. Apparently, the pond has become a favourite spot for garbage dumping and sewage discharge and polluted water has led to the growth of water hyacinth covering almost half of it," Niyati wrote in the letter.

"The foul smell emanating from the pond has aggravated the problem for the localities near the pond. The condition has deteriorated over the years. The pond has not been cleaned for several months and has also turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes, posing a risk to our health," she added.

Stating that the water body almost dries up during summer, she requested the Municipal Minister to intervene and save and later beautify the pond.

Responding to the letter on Twitter, KTR said, "Thanks Niyati for your concern about the neighbourhood pond. Request Medchal Collector and officials of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) to jointly address the issue and make efforts to beautify the lake."

When it comes to reaching out to the government for grievances - personal and civic, contacting the concerned authorities has always been a task.

However, KTR -- who holds the IT, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Industries & Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI Affairs portfolios – is extremely active and responsive on social media.

 

Read: Ever wondered how KTR responds to so many requests on Twitter? We found out

 

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