Rebirth of the Musi River
Rebirth of the Musi River
“We demand serious actions from the Government towards cleaning and preservation of the musi river by using different scientific and technical methods, as well as being the citizens of Hyderabad we should fulfill our responsibility by taking small steps and being part of the rebirth of Musi.”
Flowing from Anantagiri Hills in Ranga Reddy district through Telangana, Musi river is a tributary of Krishna river. Musi is the only river that meanders through Hyderabad, which is now unfortunately contaminated with garbage, industrial waste, sewage waste, hospital waste and many more. The degrading conditions of such a water body leaves behind many threats, reports say that thousands of fishes have died due to toxins in the water disturbing the riverine system. Also the villages near the Musi river also faced severe issues, because they are using that water for drinking and even for irrigation. More than 1.5 lakh acres of crops and several lakh people are dependent on this water, and this is causing severe health issues. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) tells that Hyderabad generates 1,483 MLD of domestic sewage per day, all the sewage treatment plants are working at full capacity treating 750 million litres per day (MLD) this means that 1,233 MLD of untreated domestic sewage in the city ends up in the Musi, also the effluents released by industries. And on top of that we throw waste in the water like plastic bottles and holy waste.
The Government bodies (like NRCP and HMDA) are trying to conserve the Musi river. They are using JCP’s and nets to separate trash but they can take assistance from more advanced scientific and technical methods so the process can be done fastly. They can use machinery like river skimmers, trashbooms and river whales that have been used in other countries. They can also use barriers so people dont throw garbage in the water (like in Puranapool a net barrier is set) so that can be set up in all the bridges Musi flows and also near the river from where the waste is being dumped.
This is a wake up call, we as citizens and residents should fulfill our responsibility and help restore the river. We can take simple steps like not throwing waste in the river. We see many people immerse the holy waste like flowers in the water, instead of that we can use it productively instead of leading it to clong the river. Lastly and most importantly keeping dry and wet waste separate, this helps the government to dump the waste properly.
We as individuals will do these steps to help restore the Musi river and also want Governments to take serious actions. This will help Musi to get a rebirth.