NSS on a mission to desilt Khadakwasla Dam

A drive to carry out de-siltation and cleanliness at Khadakwasla Dam will be undertaken by volunteers of National Service Scheme (NSS) from across the state next week.

Written by PRASAD JOSHI | Published: May 16, 2013 2:08:29 am

A drive to carry out de-siltation and cleanliness at Khadakwasla Dam will be undertaken by volunteers of National Service Scheme (NSS) from across the state next week .

To be executed in two phases,the drive will be supported by the irrigation and forest departments among other public authorities along with Green Thumb and other NGOs,and is expected to be attended by more than 1,000 NSS volunteers from different public universities in the state,including UoP.

Located around 20 km from Pune,Khadakwasla dam is one of the four dams that supply water to the city. The drive will be executed in two mega camps — one from May 20-26 — and other between May 27 and June 1. For the benefit of students,these residential camps will also have experts’ lectures and documentary screenings.

“The historic Khadakwasla Dam is believed to have been silted,reducing its water storage capacity. Our drive aims at reducing this silt,thereby addressing the water issue for Pune to a considerable extent,” UoP’s NSS programme coordinator Shakera Inamdar told Newsline Monday. “Tonnes of silt that would come from the dam during the de-siltation drive that will be used for planting saplings along the dam besides distributing it to nearby farmers as per demand. Forest department and PMC are helping us in arranging saplings,” she said.

Speaking with Newsline,Khadakwasla Dam’s section officer ND Gaikwad said a meeting with NSS authorities of UoP was held last week,in which different activities to be carried out by students were chalked out.

Build by Britishers between 1875 and 1879,Khadakwasla dam has a capacity of 1.96 TMC,while the dam is said to have filled with 1.23 TMC water.

Samadhan Gade,a NSS volunteer,said it was an ‘honour’ participating in the camp at Khadakwasla dam that would improve overall water storage capacity of dam and cleanliness in its premises.

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