Re­vamped 6 months ago, Kalyan pond turns dump yard again

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­ 3. This is what is left of the foun­tain.

When the KalyanDom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) re­ju­ve­nated the Vit­thal­wadi pond in July last year, it gave the res­i­dents an­other place to spend their leisure time.

Six months on, the wa­ter body is back to Square One. Lack of main­te­nance has turned the pond into a green mass, de­funct foun­tains and dump yard.

The KDMC had in­au­gu­rated the re­vamped pond with much funfare and vis­i­tors flocked at the new hang­out.

How­ever, the pond’s beau­ti­fi­ca­tion can hardly be seen now for which the KDMC has spent Rs53 lakh.

But, the civic body’s ef­fort went down the drain as the res­i­dents were back to dump­ing waste into the pond. “The res­i­dents are to be blamed for the pa­thetic state of the pond. They dump garbage dur­ing the night when no­body is watch­ing,” said Mad­hukar Patil, 43, a res­i­dent of Kolse­wadi in Kalyan east.

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion used to clean the pond once a year. The wa­ter body was used to im­merse idols dur­ing fes­ti­vals. The res­i­dents them­selves re­al­ized that the state of the pond was wors­en­ing. They de­manded the KDMC to beau­tify it.

A com­pound wall was built around the pond, with foot­paths for the vis­i­tors. Colour­ful foun­tains added to the beauty. But, all this did not last long.

“The foun­tain stopped work­ing be­cause of the un­clean wa­ter in the pond. We have sanc­tioned a work or­der for clean­ing and re­pair­ing the foun­tain. The work will be­gin next week,” said Shan­ti­lal Rathod , KDMC D ward of­fi­cer. 1. The pond in Vit­thal­wadi is in a pa­thetic con­di­tion. The wa­ter has turned green.

2. A KDMC board which an­nounced the re­open­ing of the pond in July last year. 4. A file pic­ture of vis­i­tors throng­ing the pond and tak­ing pic­tures when the re­vamped wa­ter body was re­opened. KDMC of­fi­cial talk to res­i­dents of Kalyan east on Thurs­day.

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