Key Facts about Musi River

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Overview:

Environmental activists recently appealed to the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court to set up an ecological heritage bench for the restoration of the Musi river and other water bodies across the State.

About Musi River

  • It is a river that flows through the southern Indian state of Telangana.
  • It is a tributary of the Krishna River in the Deccan Plateau. 
  • It was known as the Muchukunda River in earlier days. 
  • Hyderabad stands on the bank of this river, which divides the city between the old and the new.
  • Course:
    • It begins in the Anantagiri Hills near Vicarabad, Rangareddi district, 90 kilometers to the west of Hyderabad.
    • It joins the Krishna River near Wazirabad in Nalgonda district after covering a distance of about 240 km.
  • Dams: Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar are the two dams that are constructed over the river.
  • Bridges:
    • The River is crossed by several historical bridges, including the Purana Pul (Old Bridge), which was built during the reign of the Nizams of Hyderabad.
    • The other bridges are located in Dabirpura, Amberpet Chaderghat and Uppal Kalan.
  • On 28 September 1908, Musi River was the reason for the devastating floods in Hyderabad.
  • Due to random urbanization and a lack of planning, the river has become a holder of all the unprocessed domestic and industrial waste drained out of Hyderabad.

Q1) What is the Deccan Plateau?

The Deccan Plateau is a large, triangular landmass that stretches across the southern and central parts of India. It is bordered by the Western Ghats in the west, the Eastern Ghats in the east, and the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges in the north.

Source: Set up bench for Musi river restoration: Activists to Telangana High Court