The Municipal Council of Murud Janjira has sought from the chief minister financial assistance for building safety infrastructure at the sea shore, including a watch tower, lifeguards and a barrage on the left hand side of the beach where 14 students from Pune drowned two days ago.
A delegation from the Municipal Council met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai on Wednesday, when the council was awarded a prize for cleanliness and sanitation. A signed representation was handed over to the CM by the Council chief Ashok Dhumal.
The representation says the demand for a barrage on the left hand side of the dam has been pending for long. “The barrage will undoubtedly stop the formation of swirls… it will also be beneficial for the fisheries business. It is necessary that desilting of the this patch is done. A proposal for this has been pending for many years,” it says.
“The beach has seen a very unfortunate incident of death of 14 students from Pune and it is high time a dedicated team of lifeguards is deployed and a watch tower constructed at the beach to keep track of the movement of tourists. Murud Janjira being a C-Grade Council, this financial aid will be of great help for the tourism business,” it further says.
Civic officials pegged the expenditure for all these at Rs 20 crore. “We have high hopes from the government, especially because the tourism portfolio is held by the CM himself.”
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