The lakes of Hyderabad from 1967

Hyderabad lakeFile Photo
news Environment Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 13:06
Edited by  A Saravanan

Initially catering to the drinking water needs of the Qutb Shahi dynasty and residents of the Golconda fort, today, it is in the heart of Hyderabad’s IT sector and home to the city’s first ever hanging bridge. Satellite images from 1967 and now, of Durgam Cheruvu and four other lakes accessed by TNM show the extent of how many water bodies in Hyderabad have fallen prey to urbanisation and slowly decreased in size over the years. 

The Durgam Cheruvu which had water spread over 0.47 sq km in 1967, has only 0.40 sq km in 2021. 


The Mir Alam Tank, located adjacent to the Hyderabad zoo, saw its area of water spread decrease from 1.88 sq km in 1967 to 1.45 sq km in 2021.