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For clean Kanh, Saraswati rivers, nullah tapping must, says Indore Collector Manish Singh

12:54 AM Aug 08, 2020 | Staff Reporter

Indore: Manish Singh, district collector, has said that for the purification of the Kanh and Sarswati rivers, tapping of all nullahs flowing into the rivers is a must, and directed officials to ensure that it is done.

Singh was presiding over a meeting on Saraswati and Kanh river purification project held at the Smart City Hall on Friday. Collector Singh said that we are determined to follow the instructions of the National Green Tribunal. According to the instructions of NGT, the Indore Municipal Corporation must tap all the drains falling in the Saraswati and Kanh rivers so that only clean water flows in them.

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Various efforts have been made to purify the rivers. The Kanh river has been deepened and the obstacles en route to the river have been removed by the IMC. Both the rivers have been demarcated by the Department of Revenue. A retaining wall is being constructed on both sides of this river, and a massive plantation drive will be taken up by the Forest Department and the Municipal Corporation.

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Singh said that the rivers have been polluted due to sewerage water and if we can prevent it from entering the rivers, we can bring them to its original form. All the slums situated on its banks will be relocated. There are numerous slums in the Chandrabhaga area whose people will be displaced and flats will be given to them by December 2020. The city has not been flooded for the last two years due to the deepening of the Kanh and Saraswati rivers. Any construction work up to 33 meters along its side will be restricted. Both these rivers originate from Limbodi pond and Bilawali pond.

Rainwater harvesting system is being installed in all the big houses by the municipal corporation in Indore city by running special campaigns. So far, rainwater harvesting system has been installed in 12,000 houses. According to the instructions of the National Green Tribunal, polluted tubewells and hand pumps are being identified in the city.

IMC Commissioner Pratibha Pal, DFO Dr Kiran Bisen, CEO of IDA Vivek Shrotriya, Additional Collector Ajaydev Sharma, Deputy Collector Sohan Kanash, CEO of Pollution Prevention Board RK Gupta, Deputy Director Urban Administration Abhay Rajangaonkar etc. were present.

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