Hyderabad’s Hussain Sagar Lake is known for being a central point around which many of the city’s best gardens are situated. A few examples would include NTR Gardens, Lumbini Park, and the 92-or-so-acre spread of the Sanjeevaiah Park, which was given an accolade for its landscaping by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage in 2010.
General consensus has it that Sanjeevaiah Park was named after a former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, the Harijan personality known as Damodaram Sanjivayya. However, others allege that it was actually named after his predecessor, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, who also served as president of the country from 1977 to 1982. Whatever the case, the park is a wonderful place to go to when you want to relax and get a bit of respite from the metropolitan bustle.
The park might be quite relaxed and nature-focused right now but there were originally plans to change that for a while. The Buddha Purnima Project Authority improving and rendering more tourist-worthy Hussain Sagar Lake and its environs actually put forth several proposals some years in the past that had the park planned out to be another recreational area in the vicinity of Hussain Sagar. Following the trend of nearby Lumbini Park, the people from the organisation actually put forth a recommendation that the park be converted into a more modern amusement centre with water activities and sports available for visitors.
That the plans did not go through is due most likely to the fact that the park hosts some unique flora and fauna within its bounds, and local experts and authorities consulted on the impact of the proposals on the park’s wildlife advised strongly against the construction of the planned additions and edifices, cautioning that they would like displace several of the fauna in the park and harm its delicately balanced ecosystem. Another possible cause for the old plan being trashed was that Hyderabad authorities were becoming genuinely concerned about the state of the Hussain Sagar Lake, which was already showing signs of pollution at the time. That concern migrated to other subjects that dealt with the potential for an increase in environmental pollution, and so there was a heightened sensitivity at the time for proposals that would see greenspace being cleared for concrete.
As a result, the authorities planning the improvement of the park decided to put forth a new set of plans. The park became a vital part of the Hyderabad Eco Art and ecological renewal movement, with plans for its enhancement being meticulous on the matter of leaving the flora and fauna untouched as much as possible. Solar-powered lights were installed instead of the usual electrically-wired ones, and plastic (bag) usage and disposal became banned in the area.
Sanjeevaiah Park at the moment is thus a wonderfully natural place to visit, where visitors can inhale some of the fresh and unpolluted air filtered by the green. The park is constantly alive with birdcalls of all types, and is a favourite haunt of birdwatching groups in the city.