Vivekananda Memorial which was erected in the middle of the overflow point above Ambazari dam is mainly responsible for the disaster.
Environmentalist Jaideep Das said that the Vivekananda Memorial was built in the outflow of the dam. the space for water to flow was greatly reduced. Not only this, the original site of the canal was changed and diverted for the construction of the memorial.
Jaideep Das said that there is a Government GR dated 2nd August 2013 that no construction can be done 200 meters downstream of any dam or 10 times the height of the dam. Therefore, while constructing the Vivekananda Memorial, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation blatantly violated this Government GR.
The Dam Safety orzanisation Nashik warned in 2017 that Vivekanand memorial constructed by NMC in Nag River at the overflow point is hazardous for the dam’s safety.
The concept of erecting a Vivekananda memorial at the upper flow point of Ambazari Dam was proposed by the then Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and many BJP leaders were opposed to any construction over Ambazari overflow point. But Due to Tiwari’s insistence, everyone agreed. although Tiwari’s dream came true, but this memorial has led to a major disaster for the people of Nagpur.