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    Hyderabad: The IDL Lake in Kukatpally has once again become a topic of concern for local residents. They are frustrated with the neglected state of the lake. While a park near the lake was developed last year, the restoration of the lake itself remains incomplete. Large sewage pipelines have been left abandoned near the lake for the past six months, worsening the situation.

    The locals have noticed that water hyacinth has completely taken over the lake, creating an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. This has led to an increase in dengue cases in the surrounding areas. In addition, sewage water is being discharged into the lake, changing its water color.

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    Two years ago, around Rs 9.80 crore was allotted for the renovation and beautification of the lake. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) developed a park near the lake last year, but the planned renovation of the lake itself was ignored. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) had planned to divert sewage water from the lake, but this project has not been carried out.

    “For the past six months, the sewage pipeline has been abandoned. The pipes were supposed to be used for drainage, but due to infrastructure issues, the project was cancelled,” said VV Rao, a resident of Kukatpally.

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    “The condition of the lake is getting worse every day, and the smell has become unbearable. It has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, leading to an increase in water-borne diseases. I have tweeted multiple times about the poor state of the lake and tagged senior GHMC officials, but my efforts have been fruitless,” said R Kunal, a resident of Kukatpally.

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    “Unfortunately, with no progress made, the locals are doubtful about whether the lake will ever be improved as planned. Despite numerous complaints, no action has been taken to develop the lake,” said Johnson, another local resident.

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