Ar­ti­fi­cial pond at Pan­vel will save his­toric Wadale pond

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In or­der to curb pol­lu­tion at Wadale pond that is a ma­jor land­mark in Pan­vel, for the first time, an ar­ti­fi­cial pond has been read­ied in it for im­mers­ing Ganesh idols.

Thou­sands of idols are ex­pected to be im­mersed in the pond af­ter the 1 ½ day Gan­pati to the 10th day im­mer­sion. The ini­tia­tive has been taken up by Ro­tary Club of Pan­vel Cen­tral.

Wadale pond has been a part of his­tory of Pan­vel since the time of the Pesh­was. It was dug up by Chi­maji Appa. It has in re­cent times faced pol­lu­tion is­sues and also dried up, which wor­ried en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists.

In or­der to pre­serve the pond and also curb pol­lu­tion, the Ro­tary Club mem­bers have got an ar­ti­fi­cial pond dug up near Ashok gar­den.

They have ap­pealed to the res­i­dents to im­merse the idols in the ar­ti­fi­cial pond and save Wadale pond. They have got a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the res­i­dents.

As the pond had dried up, the Club took per­mis­sion from the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (PMC) and con­structed a large ar­ti­fi­cial Wadale pond has been a part of his­tory of Pan­vel since the time of the Pesh­was.

pond on one side of Wadale pond, op­po­site Bal­lalesh­war tem­ple. It spent Rs13 lakh for the project. For­mer PMC pres­i­dent JM Mha­tre sup­plied free ma­chin­ery for the project.

Ow­ing to good rain­fall this year, Wadale pond has filled up and has over­flowed. With the ar­ti­fi­cial pond too fill­ing up, im­mer­sion will be pos­si­ble there.

Hr­ishikesh Buva, a mem­ber of the club, “The pond has the ca­pac­ity to im­merse thou­sands of idols. This will pre­vent wa­ter pol­lu­tion at Wadale pond.”

He added, “We will soon cre­ate fur­ther aware­ness on im­mer­sion in the ar­ti­fi­cial pond. In fact, we are con­fi­dent that more idols will be im­mersed here this year.”

PMC pres­i­dent Charusheela Gharat said, “The pond con­structed next to Wadale pond should not re­ally be called an ar­ti­fi­cial pond.”

She stated, “I ap­peal to the res­i­dents to use the new pond for im­mer­sion and co­op­er­ate with the PMC to help con­serve the en­vi­ron­ment and also sus­tain the beauty of the city.”

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