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