The beautiful and serene Ameenpur lakes, known for their rich flora and fauna is on the brink of extinction due to reasons such as littering of plastic, pollution, encroachment, destruction of its catchment, etc. The Telangana State Special Protection Force (TSSPF) along with some members of the Hyderabad Birding Pals and Friends of Flora and Fauna Society cleaned the Peddacheruvu, Kothacheruvu and Bandam Kommu Cheruvu, over the last two months with the objective to enhance their beauty and attract more fauna.
The inauguration of the Tree Plantation scheme to launch the Manohara Ameenpur programme by the Telangana Irrigation Minister Mr. T. Harish Rao at the Peddacheruvu, Ameenpur on September 6, 2015, was a major step in the protection and conservation of Lake System comprising 13 lakes.
The ecological conservation initiative has been taken to rejuvenate the lake system. Five clean up drives mounted by the TSSPF and the two volunteer groups has transformed into a massive campaign with
local residents evincing interest in protecting the water bodies.
The Ameenpur Lake and the surrounding small lakes have the potential to be transformed into a Heritage Biodiversity Park, through conservation and rejuvenation. While the Ameenpur Lake is near the TSSPF Training Academy in the Patencheru Mandal of Medak district the vast lake system is spread wider, it consists of many other water bodies like Bandamkommu, Kummari Kunta etc. All these water-bodies are linked to each other. The primary purpose of these water bodies are to serve as sources of irrigation and drinking. Other uses include fisheries and washing of clothes. The TSSPF, following the clean up drives, permitted the District Collectors of Medak and Ranga Reddy districts to adopt the lakes for the ecological conservation of the lake system . Volunteers of the TSSPF were supported by the GHMC, Collector and District Magistrate, Medak, District Police, Medak and the Gram Panchayat, Ameenpur during the cleanup drive.
The Ameenpur lakes are among the few water bodies left in the State of Telangana and is known as Birding Paradise of Telangana. They are home to around 171 species like Desert Wheatear, Greater Flamingos, White Wagtail. The lake also has wide variety of fishes, amphibians and reptiles such as Checkered Keelbacks, Russell Viper and some species of fishes and snakes in the water sheet and the trees and shrubs in its environs spread over 100 acres. Besides birds, there are around eight species of snakes that include Cobras and the Rat Snake. The biodiversity of the lake also includes a wide variety of insects, butterflies and other reptiles such as Oriental Garden Lizard. The Telangana State Biodiversity Board is taking all necessary steps for declaring it as a Biological Heritage Site.
Tejdeep Kaur Menon IPS
Telangana State Special Protection Force