Sewage to be re­cy­cled to wa­ter Kalwa na­ture park

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

THANE: The so­cial forestry depart­ment of the dis­trict will re­cy­cle the nul­lah wa­ter and use it for gar­den­ing the Dr Salim Ali Na­ture Park ad­join­ing Kalwa creek.

It has set up a plant on the gar­den to re­cy­cle the wa­ter from the Ra­bodi nul­lah.

The city is fac­ing one of its worst wa­ter cri­sis this year. This has not only af­fected res­i­dents but also the green cover in the city as most res­i­den­tial com­plex have stopped wa­ter­ing trees due to wa­ter short­age.

An of­fi­cer from the depart­ment said, “The nul­lah wa­ter is sub­jected to high and low tides twice dur­ing the day. After the tidal in­flux, we pump the nul­lah wa­ter into a sewage treat­ment plant set up in the gar­den. The plant re­cy­cles one lakh litres of wa­ter per day which is suf­fi­cient for gar­den­ing the park.”

The depart­ment has en­tered into a tri­par­tite agree­ment with the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia and a pri­vate agency to im­ple­ment the project.

He added, “The re­cy­cling en­sures that the less sewage wa­ter reaches the creek, keep­ing it clean and also the gar­den will be self suf­fi­cient. The Univer­sity of Mum­bai has done a sim­i­lar ex­per­i­ment and uses sewage wa­ter for its green cover in their Kalina cam­pus.”

The civic au­thor­ity had de­vel­oped the na­ture park on 14 hectare of space and this is the big­gest na­ture park in the city.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple come to this park to jog or take a walk or sim­ply to en­joy na­ture.

The land was ear­lier bar­ren and used as a dump­ing ground by the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion. The park was de­vel­oped to pro­tect the man­grove zone from turn­ing into a dump yard.

It was re­cently seized by the gov­ern­ment, claim­ing that the land comes un­der coastal reg­u­la­tion zone (CRZ) and be­longs to them.

The main­te­nance of the park is now car­ried out by the dis­trict.

PRA­FUL GANGURDE

Dr Salim Ali Na­ture Park at Kalwa, on a 14-hectare plot, has a treat­ment plant to re­cy­cle the wa­ter.

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