Road­pali pond, a ma­jor im­mer­sion spot, in pa­thetic state

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­ Road­pali pond.

The Road­pali pond of Kalam­boli which is an im­por­tant im­mer­sion venue dur­ing Ganeshotsav is in pa­thetic state. The City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) has taken up a project to beau­tify the pond but till that hap­pens, the pond in a re­mote area con­tin­ues to be a dump­ing ground.

The Saib­hakt Seva Sanstha of Kalam­boli has writ­ten to Cidco to take up ur­gent clean­ing work at the pond as Ganeshotsav is just days away.

It is lo­cated on the road that con­nects Road­pali to Sion-Pan­vel high­way. The pond has been in ex­is­tence since be­fore Cidco ac­quired land in the re­gion.

The pond fell into ne­glect af­ter Cidco de­vel­oped Kalam­boli. Cidco un­der­took de­vel­op­ment in Road­pali as well, but the pond was not cleared. Since there is no recre­ational place or cen­tre in the area, the res­i­dents have long been de­mand­ing that the pond be beau­ti­fied.

The de­mand has in­creased as the pond is pri­mar­ily used for im­mer­sions dur­ing Ganeshotsav by house­holds and the sar­va­janik man­dals. The pond is full of garbage, plas­tic bags and other filth. There is also huge silt de­posits in the pond. The pond is sur­rounded by slums.

Nitin Kale, founder pres­i­dent of the Sanstha, said: “Gan­pati im­mer­sion here takes place from al­most the en­tire Kalam­boli area. How can we im­merse our idol in such an un­clean pond?”

He in­formed, “We have sub­mit­ted a let­ter to Cidco ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer Su­nil Kapse on the is­sue. Last year, too we had writ­ten to Cidco fol­low­ing which ac­tion was taken. This year also we have been as­sured ac­tion.”

Kapse said, “We have re­ceived the let­ter from Sai Pratishthan, Their de­mand is right. We will soon clean up the pond and also its sur­round­ing ar­eas.”

He said, “We will also con­struct a man­dap for vis­ar­jan.”


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