Godavari river which is known as southern Ganga river has been included in the central government’s Namami Gange project. Under this project, the eco-park will be developed along both sides of the Godavari river. In addition, various eco-friendly projects will be undertaken.
For this, Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been instructed to table a special action report till December 20. Fund of Rs 50 to 100 crore is likely to be received for this project. The central government has undertaken Namami Gange project to revive 9 principal rivers in the country.
Godavari river which is originated from here has now been included in this project. The central government has taken this decision considering pollution issue in Godavari river and instructions by Mumbai High Court to state government and NMC to take measures for this.
The High Court has formed a high-level committee to curb pollution and measures are being taken through this s per directives by the agencies. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board is taking various measures to deal with pollution. In addition, the smart city company will soon undertake Goda project for beautification of Godavari river.
The capacity of sewage treatment plants is also being increased to process sewage water in the city and action plan regarding this has been sent to the Centre. In addition, NMC has sought aid from the Centre for the cleanliness of Godavari river.
The central government has given its nod to provide aid to make Godavari pollution-free under the Namami Gange project and instructed to table the plan till December 20. A responsibility to prepare this new project plan has been given to NMC garden department chief and deputy municipal commissioner Shivaji Amle.
Accordingly, officials of the garden department are working to prepare the plan. Some eco-friendly projects will be conducted along both banks of Godavari in the 5-km distance from Someshwar to Ahilyabai Holkar bridge. Trees will be planted to stop soil erosion and other measures will also be taken as well.
It will be proposed to construct eco-park and gabion wall to for this. In effect, the Godavari river will be flowing all time, claiming the NMC garden department.
Rs 100 cr plan by NMC
On the lines of central government Namami Gange project, NMC is preparing a plan having the development of the eco-park, construction of gabion wall and other things for the cleanliness of Godavari river. A fund on large scale is being given for revival of 9 rivers like Krishna, Tapi, Narmada and others. Like this, a plan around Rs 50 to 100 crore under this project will be sent to the Centre. The centre is likely to give fund up to Rs 100 crore to make Godavari pollution-free.