Nagpur: The campaign to clean rivers and nallahs in city before monsoon will be launched by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) from Sunday, May 5. The local body will undertake cleaning of three rivers – Nag, Pili and Pohra and hundreds of nallahs on war-footing.
The campaign will start first from Sahakar Ghat of Pohra River, Sangam Chawl on Nag River shore and Nara Ghat of Pili Nadi simultaneously at 8 am on Sunday. The drive will be inaugurated by Mayor Nanda Jichkar in presence of Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar, Additional Commissioners Ram Joshi, Ravindra Thakre, Aziz Sheikh, Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Mohite, Chief Engineer Manoj Talewar, Health and Medical Officers Dr Pradeep Dasarwar, Dr Sunil Kamble, Assistant Commissioners Mahesh Dhamecha, Vijay Humne and other officials. Corporators of concerned Prabhags will also be present on the occasion.
The River Cleaning Mission will continue for one month. Necessary machineries and tools have been requisitioned from helping firms and companies. NMC has also sought help from various companies such as MOIL, WCL etc for providing funds under CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) for cleaning of rivers and nallahs. The campaign will be coordinated and monitored by different teams of various departments under all Zonal Assistant Commissioners.
Apart from three rivers there are around 273 big and small nallahs in the city. NMC has decided to divide the desilting work of the rivers and nallahs in three parts, the Nag river, Pili river and Pohra river. The responsibilities have been allotted to senior officers while an officer equivalent to the post of executive officer will be appointed to monitor the cleaning work. The length of Nag river, Pili river and Pohra river passing through the city is around 48 km. NMC will take care of Nag river and Pohra river while Nagpur Improvement Trust will look after the Pili river.
A number of machineries including JCB machines, Poclain machines, tippers are being deployed for carrying out the massive job.
A meeting held recently at NMC Headquarters had reviewed preparations for cleaning of rivers and nallahs before onset of monsoon. The concerned authorities were directed to ensure no water accumulation at the spot where water was accumulated last year, carry out necessary repair works, keep machinery and employee in full readiness, and other Swacchata works.
The meeting, chaired by Municipal Commissioner Bangar, took stock of last year’s situation in which water was logged in various areas. The Railway under-bridge at Narendra Nagar is always flooded during rains. To avoid this, mud pumps and water pumps have to be deployed.