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Citizen's demand

 

Declare 1km Eco Sensitive Zone for Kasu Brahmananda Reddy (KBR) National Park instead of shrinking it!!

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This would essentially mean that the walkway remains as it is and the areas 1 km around the periphery of the park continue being as they are without any prohibited activities. This will ensure that no government in the years to come would use the land of the Park slowly and steadily to accomplish their commercial activities.

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The draft notification seems insensitive to the current extent of open area around the KBR National Park is just 25 to 35 meters, which is just 0.3% of the recommended ESZ of 10 km. It is appalling that the draft notification, instead of attempting to extend this boundary by placing restrictions on human activity is recommending reducing it to near zero.

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The construction of the flyovers will take around 3 to 5 years. The heavy machinery, cement powder, dust and increased traffic for transporting construction material, will hamper and ruin the inside environment of the forest.  Plus flyovers will be again choc-a-block in a few years time. Is all of this worth cutting down such a pristine forest right in the heart of the city ?

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KBR Helps increase the water table and also feeds nearby lakes. It is a temperature controller and air-purifier of Hyderabad.  

It keeps the areas around atleast 2 to 3 degrees celsius less. The KBR National Park plays a key role in maintaining the much-needed Oxygen levels for people by acting as a carbon sink. Walkway is used by more than 5,000 people daily plus is a weekend retreat for many.

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OBJECTIONS TO STRATEGIC ROAD DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SRDP)

The SRDP project is an integrated project covering 2025 km at different locations in Hyderabad.  The State Government to avoid their responsibility to take any clearances required under law divided the project into fragments and showed it as individual projects instead of intercity project that it initially proposed. The MOEF had also agreed in April 2017 that the project required EIA clearance which is yet to be obtained.

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Supreme Court in Dec 2018 ordered that 10 km area around 21 national parks and sanctuaries must be declared as eco-sensitive zone. KBR Park is also a National Park.

KBR very well qualifies to be on this list if we see the chronological order of how the failure has been on the part of MoEF to declare ESZ and this cannot give liberty for the State Government to file a fresh proposal that too with such contradicting terms.

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The Citizens of Hyderabad are not against development but believe in long term, progressive and sustainable development. Clearly the trend world over has proved that our practices to develop at the cost of the environment has serious repercussions and hence we citizens have decided to take a stand and prevent such destruction that will lead to make our city inhabitable for future generations. 

Friends all we can do is to let the governments know the views of the citizens and provide then a direction. We urge the government to leave this craze for flyovers and commission a true study for what Hyderabad really needs to transit it's people. The answer will save all of these KBR Walkway trees plus many more forests/ green spaces in the future.

 

As we said earlier the focus should be on transit of people, rather than transit of cars. The governments are there for 5-10-15 years, but we and our children will stay in Hyderabad for the next 1,000 years. What is it we would like to pass to our children ?