The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Saturday said that it has launched an all-out effort to clear the hyacinth menace from all the three rivers—Pavana, Mula and Indrayani—that run through its jurisdiction. The civic body said that though it has cleared major parts of the rivers, a lot of work still needs to be done.
“For the past few days, our teams from all our divisional offices are working relentlessly to remove hyacinth from all the three rivers,” Municipal Commissioner Rajeev Jadhav said on Saturday. He said that in Pavana and Mula, officials have been able clear major parts of the river beds.
“In Indrayani river too, we have removed the hyacinth, but not in the same scale as Pavana and Mula. Our operations are continuing and we would make Indrayani breathe easy,” Jadhav said. The PCMC has especially roped in harvester machines to remove the hyacinth.
“After a lot of research, we could lay our hands on the harvester machines which seemed to be effective in removing hyacinth from the river beds,” Jadhav added. He said that hyacinth mostly crops up during the summer and winter.
“During rains, when the water flows, the hyacinth problem does not exist,” the civic chief said. However, civic activists said that no matter what the PCMC does, its efforts are always half-hearted.
“After clearing the river, the PCMC does not keep a watch on regrowth of the green bulb. As a result, hyacinth quickly spreads its tentacles,” says activist Deepak Vichare of Masulkar Colony. Jadhav, however, said that all divisional officials have been asked to be on alert.
Pravin Rayate, a resident of Thergaon, said that hyacinth is majorly responsible for the mosquito menace in Pimpri-Chinchwad. “If the PCMC does not resolve the problem for once and all, mosquitos would continue to breed in Pimpri-Chinchwad,” he said.