The Rally for Rivers rolled into Hyderabad last evening, greeted with torrential rains. It poured all night and it’s still a drizzly morning. The event organisers, of course, are worriedly watching the skies.

Sadhguru is spending the morning in a few private meetings and interactions with the media. The participants have some time and are making their way to the Old City, where they will also spend some time taking in the wonderful Salar Jung Museum, the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world. Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III, former Prime Minister of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, spent 35 years over this priceless collection. As the museum stands on the southern bank of the river Musi, the group will have the chance to see first-hand the sorry state of the river, which divides the historic old city and the new city.

The Musi is a tributary of the Krishna River. Difficult to believe now, but it was the cause of frequent flood devastation of Hyderabad city until the early decades of the 20th century. Nizam VII built a flood control system on the river, with the Osman Sagar, built in 1920, and Himayat Sagar, built in 1927. These lakes prevented flooding and are major drinking water sources for Hyderabad city. However, due to indiscriminate urbanisation and lack of planning, the river has become a slush of untreated domestic and industrial waste, with an estimated 350 MLD (million litres a day) of waste flowing into it. It is considered a major disaster in Hyderabad.

Here is the Rally for Rivers info page on River Musi:

Among major rivers, both Godavari and Krishna flow through Telangana, besides 12 minor rivers.

The RfR info page for Godavari:
The RfR info page for Krishna:


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