The Pune Municipal Corporation has come up with an initiative to clean the city rivers.
On Sunday, Mayor Mukta Tilak along with Pune Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao participated in drive as a part of India River Day, at Siddheshwar Ghat to clean the rivers of Mula and Mutha.
“The idea is to have an ongoing cleanliness drive for the whole year until people realise the importance of rivers. The drive will begin with an awareness creation campaign, on the negatives of throwing garbage into the river," the mayor said.
Pune Municipal Commissioner Rao has stressed upon the need to bring awareness among the citizens with the coordinative help of civic body and non-profit organisations.
“PMC will be taking review meetings every 8 to 10 days and will update our plan of action according to requirement," he said.
The cleaning of rivers drive was done back during the Ganesh festivals but the dumping of waste continues.
“It is not a one time solution, continuous whole hearted intervention is required from PMC, citizens and NGOs. We have the equipment needed to tackle solid and liquid waste,sufficient funds, emergency provisions.We just need to synchronise the efforts. Funding will not be an issue,as in the 2018-2019 budget provision, we have made a dedicated budget for river cleaning, over all sanitation and assessment," Rao said.
The one hour drive witnessed huge support from the residents, environmentalists and volunteers. PMC along with 20 organisation successfully organised the drive to clean the now dissipating water bodies.
Niranjan Upsane, founding member NGO Jeevit Nadi said, “Looking at the current pathetic condition of the rivers, seven NGO's from various parts of the country came together in 2014 to understand the real cause behind the pathetic situations of rivers today and come up with solutions for the same. November 28 was declared as India river day, with the agenda "to get rivers flowing naturally."
Cleaning sites like the Vitthalwadi ghat, Mutha river, S M Joshi bridge, Ganesh ghat Aundh (Rajiv Gandhi bridge), Mula river, Mula-Ram river confluence, New Baner link road, Someshwar temple, Someshwarwadi, Pashan, Live water spring, near Vaidehi enclave; Bavdhan, Indrayani river - Dehu ghat, Pawana river - Kejubai Bandhara, behind Birla hospital, Thergaon, Kavdi Pat bird watching point, and Salim Ali bird sanctuary were pointed out by the NGOs.
Sugandha Gosavi, member of the Jeevit Nadi said, “We are aiming at getting the rivers water-hyacinth-free, pollution-free and start flowing naturally by 2020 and making Pune the first “garbage-free-river” city of India. We have a resolved to make the rivers and toxin-free by the year 2025.”
Information Source: hindustantimes
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