Remove silt from Gangapur dam, demands Godavari Nagri Seva Samiti


Nashik: If silt from Gangapur dam and from the stretch between Anandvalli to Holkar bridge is removed on war footing to reduce intensity of flood to Godavari river, intensity of the flood will be reduced and floodwater will not enter into residences of Nashikites. Loss will also be prevented. Government should undertaken this immediately, demanded president of Godapremi Nagri Seva Samiti (Nashik) Devang Jani.

Godapremi Nagri Seva Samiti had recently given a memorandum to District Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan and demanded to take measures for reducing intensity of flood. 42,500 cusecs of water was discharged from Gangapur dam on August 2, 2016.

Approximately 7,500 cusecs of water was being discharged below Ahilyadevi Holkar bridge at that time. Approximately, 32,500 cusecs of additional water was flowing from Godavari bed. In addition, sewage water from Nashik was mixed in it. As water of Aruna river was mixing into Godavari river bed at the area next Gadge Maharaj bridge, condition of flood was worst there. Around 80% city was submerged due to these. People residing near Godavari banks had suffered loss worth crore of rupees. Human casualty was prevented as public was alert.

There is a need to implement measures to prevent future calamities. Gangapur dam was constructed in 1954. The storage capacity of the dam is 5.62 TMC. As per report by MERI in 2002, 43.75 Mcum was deposited in Gangapur dam. One can think about the percentage of silt was deposited from 2003 to 2017. Various voluntary organisations had removed silt from CSR fund, but considering report by MERI, percentage of silt removal was very less.

In a recently held cabinet meeting, a decision at government level was taken to make desilt dams. If silt in Gangapur dam is removed on war-footing, water storage capacity of the dam will be increased and will help in reducing intensity of flood.

In addition, silt on large scale was deposited in Godavari bed from the stretch between Ahilyadevi bridge to Anandvalli since last many years. As water level in Godavari river reached to bottom, it is being seen clearly. If this silt is removed, the depth of Godavari will be increased and storage capacity will be increased. Groundwater recharge process will get momentum. Groundwater level in nearby areas will be increased. This will also help in reducing the quantity of water enter into residents of citizens. Godavari river bed is at lowest point. As a result, rainwater, water from nullahs and sewage enter the river and intensity of flood is increased.

If absorption pits are prepared after technical study of rainwater, water can be absorbed into soil. It will help in increasing groundwater level. Godapremi Nagri Seva Samiti and river expert Principal Dr. Prajkta Baste are ready to work with government free of charge as social commitment. In this way, measures have been suggested in the memorandum.

Kavita Kardak, Madhubala Bhore, Padmakar Patil, Kalpana Pande, Sachin Dongre, Balasaheb Raut, Atul Shevale and Kishore Garad were also present while handing over the memorandum.