Rethinking and Reforming Mir Alam Tank, Hyderabad, India

A self-initiated research project with the collective approach instigated towards rethinking and reforming the historic heritage site of Mir Alam Tank in Hyderabad, India. A design approach that addresses unlawful encroachment, land reclamation, flooding, Industrial pollution and environment damage of Mir Alam Tank. The aim and objective of the research project is to protect and restore the ecosystem and preserve the history by providing recreational spaces, sanitation & an innovative solution for cleaning water.

Speculative Design_Mir Alam Tank_Research Project


Unfortunately, Hyderabad lost hundreds of lakes due to encroachment, landfilling, and illegal development, which resulted in impact on the local ecosystem. Climate change, flooding in low lying areas, improper drainage system as failure and industrial leakage into drinking water, the city is once again at risk and Mir Alam tank is one of them. A modern wonder of Hyderabad, India. A reservoir built in 1806 having 21 dams that served as the primary source of drinking water for the southern part of the city. A water reservoir that is yet again to be damaged by the ignorance of humanity, affecting thousands of lives living in those communities and settlements, the historic site is being damaged by the dumping of wastes, unlawful land filling, climate change, flooding reservoir and surrounding areas, while losing its historical and cultural significance.

Strategy_Mir Alam Tank


Ecologically reforming the site after studying and documenting it. Beginning with the cleansing of the reservoir and the surrounding land from all types of garbage, plastic, and industrial waste. An initiative involving the locals, students, NGOs and other organisations with the help of campaigns and workshops that raises awareness among people about climate change and its repercussions.

Considering sanitation and lack of drainage lines for the availability of clean drinking water and public restrooms. In order to improve the lives of locals and attract tourists. Changing the perspective by planting trees, bushes and other locally available plant species. Creating a landscape that protects both the aqua life and plant life.

Reimagining the space by building an elevated deck as a recreational area and a walking track with a pavilion attached to have information centres and other essential spaces for visitors. Rethinking how the water treatment is taken place by having a hexagonal floating structure that serves as an amphitheatre on top and a water cleaning apparatus.

Desiged by Ketham’s Atelier Architects

Supported by Thinking Hand NGO

Team: Ketham Santosh Kumar, Md. Sulaiman, Ali Hashmi.

Conceptual design will be shown to local authorities (Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority) & Local residents for obtaining permission to build the project. (still need to be approached and discussed – on hold due to Covid-19).

Copyrights- Ketham’s Atelier Architects 2021