PCMC chief impressed by NGO’s hyacinth-bulb cleaning work

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

In the meeting, Pradeep Walhekar, Founder and President of Rotary Club of Walhekarwadi, gave a presentation about cleaning the river at a yearly budget of Rs 35 lakh. The PCMC pays its current contractor Rs 25 lakh.

PUNE: After a month’s work to remove hyacinth bulbs from Pavana river at the 2 km patch near Walhekarwadi, the Rotary Club of Walhekarwadi approached the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to get the support of civic authorities to make the river hyacinth-free.

A meeting was held by PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar on Monday after Hardikar visited Walhekarwadi on December 10. It was attended by all concerned PCMC officials. In the meeting, Pradeep Walhekar, Founder and President of Rotary Club of Walhekarwadi, gave a presentation about cleaning the river at a yearly budget of Rs 35 lakh. The PCMC pays its current contractor Rs 25 lakh.

Hardikar said that payment to labourers who worked on removing hyacinth bulbs last month will be made by the PCMC or the contractor this year and promised to look into the NGO’s proposal.

Walhekar said, “The problem of sewage water flowing directly into the river will also be looked upon. A design has been made for cleanliness of the nala. If the corporation gives continuous support, Pavana river will be hyacinth-free and clean withing three years.”

Hardikar said, “We support the initiative. We have a yearly tender of Rs 25 lakh to clean the hyacinth and the contractor is fixed. We will work on the drainage lines and sewage water will be treated so that hyacinth don’t grow. We will ask the existing contractor to clean the hyacinth or we will pay the existing labourers directly.”

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