It seems that almost every day there is another story about pollution of one form or another, in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.
Very often our own actions lead to that pollution and in many cases we can do something about it. Same is the case with Nag River. Fresh water is a precious resource and the increasing pollution of the Nag River is a cause for alarm. The civic administration of the city has been taking initiatives for the rejuvenation of the river for a long time. And after many efforts, finally the river rejuvenation project was given positive nod on January 21, 2020 by the government. As per information, it took ten years to initiate the river cleanliness work.
At first, the proposal of cleaning Pili River Along With Nag River was sent to the state government. The estimated cost for this work was Rs.121 crore which went on escalating and reached Rs.2412.64 crore.And Nagpurians are eagerly waiting for the beginning of the work.Here, it is to be mentioned that Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for surface transport Nitin Gadkari has taken special efforts for the project. The Nag River rejuvenation project report was sent to National River Development Commission (NRDC) in the year 2011 by NMC.And after three years, in the year 2014, a team of experts from IIT Roorkee inspected the river and submitted its report to the concerned ministry. And the project got a positive nod after that and proposal of Rs.1252.32 crore was sanctioned. Union minister Gadkari gave directions to present a renewed proposal in the year 2018.A meeting on this issue was held by him in which the NRDC gave a sanction to the proposal of Rs.2412.64 crore.The state government has also given green signal for giving its share of funds.Japan’s JICA(Japan International Cooperation Agency) agreed to provide funds for this project and its team visited Nagpur to inspect the project .
As per information,NMC commenced a campaign to clean Nag River in the 2013.And the union government will provide 60 percent, state will contribute 25 percent, and NMC will be contributing 15 percent.