HMDA has developed a number of parks. Most of the parks are theme parks, play parks, colony parks, lake parks and walkway gardens. HMDA is protecting and improving the urban environment to provide better living facilities in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Area. Small open areas are developed into landscape residential parks. Medium size areas are developed into play parks to facilitate youth and children to play. Larger areas are developed into theme parks.
Solar LED lighting is introduced in Sanjeevaiah Park on the occassion of Earth Day i.e., on 22-04-2010. About 17 LED light poles are installed so far to mark a beginning towards the commitment of BPP/HMDA for reduction of usage of conventional electricity, which is generated mostly by burning fossil fuels. More number of solar LED lighting is being taken up on the occasion of World Environment Day June 5th, 2010.
Hyderabad eco art project, another unique project is launched on the Earth Day i.e., on 22-04-2010, wherein, sculptures from the waste iron scrap are made by the renowned artist Mr. Manohar Chiluvuri and they are installed at Sanjeevaiah Park. This is a live example of ‘recylce’ of the waste scrap into a great Art.
On 1st of May, 2010 the Metropolitan Commissioner, HMDA declared the area of Hussain Sagar and its surroundings as Plastic Free Zone. A series of measures are taken in this regard.
All the existing vendors in these locations (viz., NTR Gardens, Secretariat Road, Opposite to I-Max, Necklace Road, Lumbini Park, Eat Street, Jal Vihar, Sanjeevaiah Park etc) started using paper plates, paper / cloth bags and paper cups in place of plastic.
A team of Task force is constituted, who will daily do patroling in BPP areas and educate & also enforce the implementation.
Special information kiosks are erected at Lumbini Park, Sanjeevaiah Park, NTR Gardens, with volunteer from NGO’s to provide the information about free plastic zone to protect the lake surroundings.
The entry of the visitors carrying plastic bags is regulated by putting stickers.
Daily regular announcement in the lake surrounding is carried out which is yielding good results. Loud speaker with Taskforce Team along with pre recorded messages about Plastic Free Zone, harmful effects of plastics.
Appropriate locations are being selected to place additional dust bins on the Necklace Road and other places of BPP area.
There are 5 nalas, which are continuously flowing into Hussain Sagar, carrying sewerage from the residential localities of catchment area and also industrial effluents from Sanatnagar, Kukatpally & other areas. These nalas deposit lot of sediments and also bring floating materials like plastic bottles, plastic bags and lot of other house hold articles. The BPP/HMDA has taken up massive task of cleaning the floating material including water hyacinth on a continuous basis.
For this purpose a very high quality floating Truxor machine (from Switzerland) and 2 DUC’s (Dredger Utility Craft) machines are placed along with the other boats with large number of laborers for making Hussain Sagar free from floating material.