Once known as city of lakes, Hyderabad has lost about 3245 ha of water bodies since the last 12 years. Chaotic urbanization, rampant construction, absence of effective management process, lack of proper legislation and awareness have led to encroachment on natural drainage channels, jeopardising the urban ecological system of the city. Lakes are rapidly getting converted into residential colonies and serve not only as sources of water supply for the inhabitants but also as open sewers. In most of the cases the urban impact on lakes remains un-quantified by the ruling authorities. Disappearance of these recharge points, which otherwise served as an insurance against droughts and floods has made a considerable pressure on the already strenuous hard rock aquifer. Their revival is an indispensable component for providing water security to the city.