Citizens, activists give suggestions on riverfront development in city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 1 February 2019

Tushar Shinde from Pimpri Chinchwad Housing Federation said, “Industrial pollution is the root cause for river pollution. Therefore, an app should be developed where the untreated effluents flowing into the nalas can be identified and people can click photos and send to the civic body.”

Pimpri: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had organised a presentation on the proposed rejuvenation project of Pavana and Indrayani rivers, on Tuesday at Autocluster Auditorium in Pimpri. The aim was to invite suggestion from citizens.

Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar spoke about the riverfront development, saying, “We have given the contract to HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt Ltd who will look after the entire project with our assistance.” He said that this is a platform for people to come forward with suggestions which can be implemented.
 
“We are focusing on three major things i.e. people, sustainable economy and ecosystem. We have already started infrastructural development like upgradation of sewage line, water line, sewage treatment plant and effluent treatment plant formulation.” Citizens, NGOs and environmentalists gave several 
suggestions. 

Tushar Shinde from Pimpri Chinchwad Housing Federation said, “Industrial pollution is the root cause for river pollution. Therefore, an app should be developed where the untreated effluents flowing into the nalas can be identified and people can click photos and send to the civic body.”

Shailaja Deshpande, a member of NGO Jeevitnadi, suggested that natural drains should not be concretised and the ecological habitats should be maintained.

Narendra Chugh of NGO Jal Biradari said that issue of groundwater has been neglected, “This issue should be addressed because only after groundwater recharge, the river will flow continuously throughout the year.” Ravindra Sinha, a member of Liveable Hinjawadi, also expressed similar concerns.
 
“The demarcation of Pavana’s riverbed has not been done and the records that have been provided by the land records are according to the flood lines, which should be addressed on priority,” said noted environmentalist Vikas Patil.

Crux of the matter

  • 20.6 km of Indrayani river and 24.4 km Pavana river flows through Pimpri-Chinchwad. 
  • There are 15 villages each on the river banks of these two rivers. 
  • The project will have three steps i.e. feasibility, design and implementation and integration. 
  • The presentation had mapping of nalas, dhobi ghats, temples, crematoriums and many other things along the river bank.

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