The Pedda Cheruvu Lake in Khajaguda which falls in the IT corridor of Hyderabad is now brimming with species of birds, snakes, snails, and lizards. The lake was rejuvenated just a fewmonths ago. Pedda Cheruvu lake used to be one of the highly polluted lakes in the city till recently. It sprang back to life, Wells Fargo teamed up in coordination with GHMC and a volunteer-led global NGO United Way was roped in to pave way for cleaning up of the lake. Wells Fargo has contributed Rs 80 lakh towards the environmental initiative.

Pedda Cheruvu is a large manmade lake known also as Ramanthapur Lake, located in eastern neighborhood of Hyderabad in Telangana. The lake is considered to be the largest water reservoir in Hyderabad metropolitan area, and so says the actual name of the lake since ‘Pedda Cheruvu’ means ‘a large lake’ in Telugu.

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The lake has been adopted for a two-year period, but in a months there has been a visible change. Weeds saplings, tons of debris, hyacinth and plastic were removed and the cleansing act is still going on. Bhushan Reddy, the managing director of United Way of Hyderabad, said, “We started cleaning the lake in the month of June with an aim to complete ecological rejuvenation of the lake. The crew is focusing on improving more water quality, increasing water retention capacity; plantation and beautification around the lake area so that the public can visit and get fresh air, water and enjoy the nature and its beauty.

For the past three weeks we have noticed many changes in the water even as we are continuously removing the wastage and the entire hyacinth is removed. Now clear water is seen. Around the lake 200 saplings were planted, garbage bins and notice boards kept. And we are also planning to develop the accessibility around the lake. There is no proper road to visit the lake. There is a kucha road. The aim is to bring it on par with the likes of Durgam Cheruvu lake, he said.

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West zone GHMC authorities said that they had seen many schools organise cleaning drives at the lake. Private companies are also coming forward to pitch in and raise funding for the development of lake for more than a year, said the officials. “We regularly check the pollution level of water and now the lake is turning into better condition as compared to the past. We wish that soon this and other lakes of the city get developed and the Hyderabad becomes an inspiration for other cities to take a cue from,” they added.

A volunteer-led global NGO United Way, joined hands with GHMC and Wells Fargo EGS-India to rejuvenate Pedda Cheruvu Lake in Khajaguda in the city. The goal for this project is complete ecological rejuvenation of the lake. This effort is currently for a two-year period and is expected to extend beyond that time period. UWH, in collaboration with relevant GHMC departments and irrigation department, will focus on improving water quality, increasing water retention capacity, plantation and beautification around the lake area as well as on community accessibility of the lake.

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