Published On : Wed, Jun 15th, 2016

Lost glory of Nag Nadi to be restored as Centre ayes Rs.1,298 cr plan

WhatsApp-Image-20160614New Delhi/Nagpur: In a big boost to the Nag Nadi rejuvenation plan, the Union environment ministry on Monday ayed the 1,298 cr plan of Nagpur Municipal Corporation. With that, the lost glory of Nag Nadi, from which the city derives its name and which imparts historical importance to the city, is expected to be restored in the near future.

The project got the stamp of approval in a meeting held between Union road transport, highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari and Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.

To be implemented on the lines of the Mutha Nadi rejuvenation plan in Pune, the Centre is expected to fund 85 per cent of the project cost, whereas the NMC would have to bear only 15 per cent cost.

A river is an important parameter to assess the environment of a city. Decades ago, the water of Nag Nadi had lot of utility.
However, with burgeoning population of the city over the years, the Nag Nadi has become heavily polluted because the sewage and waste water generated in the city is released into it in large quantity. This has adversely affected the city”s environment.

The Nag Nadi runs for a length of 17 kms through the city. The Nag Nadi rejuvenation plan proposes to set up minor sewage treatment plants (STPs) at various spots along the banks of the river in order to treat the polluted river water. This treated water would then be released in the river bed.

The rejuvenation plan also includes construction of embankment all along the river and roads wherever needed. Greenery and tree plantation will also be done. Gardens will be developed at certain spots where the river bank is wide enough.

A Japanese firm Jaika would develop the Nag Nadi on the lines of Mutha river beautification plan. The company would also provide loan for the project through the Centre. After the completion of the project, the NMC would have a period of 30 years to repay the loan.

Pumping stn to be installed

Sewage lines would be laid along both the banks of the Nag Nadi so as to put an end to the practice of releasing sewage into Nag Nadi. Along with STPs, pumping stations would also be installed at various spots along Nag Nadi. The project is expected to free the river water of all pollutants. Union environ minister Prakash Javadekar discussing river rejuvenation plan with Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Tuesday.