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Lack of space: PMC’s river beautification hits a wall

The river beautification project of the Pune Municipal Corporation has hit a roadblock with the first phase of dredging of Mutha river held up due to non-availability of land to stack the dredged material between Sangam bridge and Bund Garden bridge.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune |
September 20, 2009 2:14:58 am

The river beautification project of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has hit a roadblock with the first phase of dredging of Mutha river held up due to non-availability of land to stack the dredged material between Sangam bridge and Bund Garden bridge.

Divided into various phases,the first phase of the project,funded under JNNURM,involves cleaning up the river from Dhayari to Wagholi. Most of the first phase work,commenced on October 2006,has been completed. The revised deadline for completion of the entire project is June 2011.

“We have completed 80 per cent of the dredging of the river bed,but the work is stuck up due to non-availability of land to stack the dredged material,” said V R Patil,Officer on Special Duty,JNNURM project.

Though,there has been no work since the past few months due to monsoon,he said,there is problem in restarting the dredging work due to lack of space.

Discussions are going on to locate land where the dredged material can be stacked and the issue will hopefully be sorted out in a few days as the city engineer department of PMC has been asked to make arrangements,Patil said.

Earlier,there were plans to dump the material outside the PMC jurisdiction,but it was dropped considering the possibility of opposition from villagers,he said. “The appeal to interested farmers for using the dredge material as manure in their fields did not receive response. The possibility of using it for creating a base for on-going road works was also ruled out since the material lacks the required quality,” Patil said.

The PMC was so far using the dredged material to level the land along side the river which is not available now. So far,the civic body has spent Rs 26.71 crore out of the Rs 28.07 crore received to clean up and construct channels in the river bed.

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