You can soon go boat­ing at Ghan­soli pond

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

GHAN­SOLI: A pro­posal to com­mence fish breed­ing and boat­ing at Ghan­soli pond was ap­proved at the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (NMMC) gen­eral body on Fri­day. The pro­posal, once im­ple­mented, will earn the civic body rev­enue of Rs56,000 a year.

The NMMC re­ceived seven bids for the ten­der. Of the seven bid­ders for the Bharat Ratna late Ra­jiv Gandhi Quarry pond at Goth­ivli, the con­tract was awarded to one Yo­gesh Patil of Goth­ivli vil­lage.

The NMMC, had, in the past, also in­vited ten­ders for fish breed­ing and boat­ing fa­cil­ity, but it re­ceived a poor re­sponse.

“The con­di­tion of the ponds in the city is pa­thetic and hence, the re­sponse has been poor,” said NCP cor­po­ra­tor Damyanti Achre, adding, “If the civic body cleans up the ponds, sev­eral bid­ders will be keen to take up the con­tracts.”

Congress cor­po­ra­tor Vai­jayanti Bha­gat called for im­me­di­ate ac­tion

to save the ponds.

Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor Kishore Patkar said that blam­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion alone is not go­ing to help. “We need to cre­ate more aware­ness on eco-friendly idols for im­mer­sion dur­ing Ganeshot­sav and Navra­tri cel­e­bra­tions,” said Patkar.

How­ever, NCP cor­po­ra­tor Anant Su­tar said, “Im­mer­sion of idols will con­tinue as it is our cul­ture. But the ponds need to be reg­u­larly

cleaned. They have not been touched for five years, re­sult­ing in silt and garbage pol­lut­ing the pond. Who will eat fish from such a pol­luted pond?”

Mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane in­structed the ad­min­is­tra­tion to not wait till May to clean the ponds be­fore the mon­soon. “We all need to be­gin work on it im­me­di­ately. In fu­ture, we should also look at the pos­si­bil­ity of im­mer­sion in the creek to pro­tect the ponds.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Fish breed­ing and boat­ing facil­ties at the Ghan­soli pond will earn the civic body rev­enue of Rs56,000 a year.

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