The Durgam Cheruvu Lake, which once covered more than 150 acres, was constructed between 1518 and 1687 to give water to the people living in golconda Fort. Its dependability was well regarded, even amid a Mughal siege.
The lake's surrounds were unspoiled in the late 1950s, but development slowly crept up on them. It was a well-liked location for leisure activities and picnics by the 1970s. The ap government aggressively promoted tourism in the early 2000s, and by 2001, it had plans to increase boat services. That's when the first indications of pollution and invasion appeared.

Several attempts to save Durgam Cheruvu Lake were unsuccessful despite court directives. Sewage treatment systems were operational by 2007, but the lake's degradation persisted. There were claims of andhra pradesh industrial infrastructure corporation invasion in 2008. Due to garbage dumping, the lake's water spread was decreasing by 2010.
The decade of the 2010s saw an increase in pollution, the disappearance of aquatic life, and rain-soaked residential areas flooded with sewage. Several attempts to revive the lake, such as cleanup campaigns and court orders, were unsuccessful due to increasing encroachment.

Boating operations were suspended in 2015 because of the worrisome levels of encroachment. The area around Durgam Cheruvu Lake developed to become a real estate hotspot with planned infrastructural improvements.
In 2016, plans to build a swinging bridge across the lake were authorized despite protests and public uproar. Urban development's cruel irony of jeopardizing natural riches is symbolized by the lake's death due to unchecked urbanization and continual encroachments.

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