Jalpally Lake, a lake that dates back to the Asaf Jahi rule, is now part of the beautification plan of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA). Jalpally municipality officials are working in coordination with various government agencies to give a facelift to the water body.
The lake that lies en route to the Shamshabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is a scenic destination that gets many visitors. However, the dearth of proper facilities in and around the lake has stopped it from turning into a holiday spot.
The Jalpally Lake is spread across 274 acres, and the government is now in the works to set up a Rock Garden at the cost of Rs 9.5 crore along with walkways, a cycling track, and an open gymnasium. The whole idea is to convert the lake into a mini Tank Bund shares GP Kumar, commissioner, Jalpally Municipality.
In the past, the lake had turned into a hub for nefarious activities. However, now the Jalpally Municipality is busy with the beautification of the lake along with the help of Rachakonda Police. The police patrol the lake round the clock, and an iron mesh has been put up to prevent people from dumping waste. A railing has also been set up on the main bund.
The lake is home to many migratory birds and is close to the popular fishing spot Umda Sagar. Right now, plans are on to set up a food court and boating facilities at the lake.
It is said that during the Asaf Jahi rule, the water was pumped to Charminar and palaces around the place. The water was brought through special channels to the Chowmahalla Palace, Charminar, Malwala Palace, Devdi Khursheed Jah, and other buildings.