Nagpur Municipal Corporation has begun removing sediment from Gorewada lake to increase its storage capacity. Gorewada lake supplies water tomthe city and this operation would help in alleviating water shortages in future. About 200 dumper load sediment was removed from the lake.
NMC Standing Committee Chairman Pradeep Pohane inspected the work and directed that the deepening work should be conducted properly and faster while no irresponsibility should be shown. The work is being reviewed daily. Pradeep Pohane again inspected the work on Saturday.
NIT trustee Bhushan Shingne, corporator Harish G, assistant commissioner Prakash Varade, NMC Contractors’ Association President Vijay Naidu, Manoj Agrawal, Musabhai, Kamar Siddhique, Sujat Siddique, Bhotmange and others were present.
NMC had completed its administrative process but there was delay in getting requisite permission from the forest department and the excavators had to remain idle for two days. The work began after all permissions were received.
Pohane had also visited the site on Friday and reviewed the progress while directing removal of obstructions in the work. Four excavators and 10 tippers are being used in this lake deepening project. Pohane also directed that the machines should be increased so that the work would be completed on a war footing.
The deepening work is being conducted on a war footing and would be completed soon, Pohane hoped. Efforts of Gorewada Jungle Trackers Morning walkers in Gorewada jungle have formed a group – Gorewad Jungle Trekkers (GJT). This includes the president Deepak Tabhane, secretary L N Marathe, Ghanshyam Mange and others.
The group members cleared the jungle of plastic scrap, which was a danger to wildlife and showed their social spirit. The members discovered British era wells in the lake, when it dried up completely. Later they began follow up with the mayor, NMC commissioner and corporators to remove the deposited sediment from the lake to deepen it.
Corporator Harish G raised this issue in the NMC general body meeting after which it was resolved to remove the deposited sediment and work started. However only three excavators are working and rains could start anytime. The GJT has demanded that more excavators should be pressed into service.
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