NASHIK: The number of COVID-19 patients is declining and the restrictions imposed under ‘Break the Chain’ are also being relaxed. Therefore, to find a permanent solution to control the pollution in the river Godavari, the department-wise sub-committees constituted by the Godavari Pollution Control Committee should accelerate the work and increase public awareness, said Divisional Commissioner Radhakrishna Game.
He was speaking at an online review meeting of the Godavari Pollution Control Committee held at the Divisional Commissioner’s Office. Game said, In order to prevent pollution of Godavari river, all the pending works should be completed keeping in view the coming monsoon. He also instructed to set up an ozonation plant at Ramkund through CSR to reduce pollution in the Ramkund basin.
Machinery required for removal of water weeds growing in rivers in rural areas including Goda basin should be provided to the Zilla Parishad for some time after fulfilling the technical requirements, he instructed. Awareness should be created in rural areas about control of pollution of Godavari by providing information about the work of wastewater management project being implemented by Zilla Parishad.
Also, instructions to plan for plastic recycling have been given by the Divisional Commissioner to the concerned officers in the meeting. He said that as the growing panvelis (weeds) in Godavari are creating pollution problem, the Smart City office should remove the growing weeds in the Godavari river basin from time to time through modern machinery. Also, steps should be taken to curb clothes and vehicle washing in the Godavari basin. In this meeting, Divisional Commissioner Game reviewed the previous minutes and the action taken on it.
Priority to rainwater harvesting
Rainwater harvesting system should be implemented in all government and private offices to save and conserve water in other ways. The corporation should pay special attention for the success of this system, Game said.