PMC looks abroad to rejuvenate its rivers
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It can be noted that several of these plans were also drawn up earlier and did not come to fruition. These remained on paper as the painful journey of the rivers continued, and the citizens wrung their hands helplessly. Over the years, the only thing that has happened is PMC’s failure to control pollution in the river, making the much-vaunted rejuvenation a distant dream for now.
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PMC intends to use the latest technology to clean up dirt. Settlements along the riverbanks will be removed and PMC will spend over Rs 200 crore on rejuvenating development of the river.
The two rivers – Mula and Mutha – which were previously the lifeline of the city and its culture are now just a dumping ground for solid waste and sewage and riverbanks vulnerable to encroachment. Vital functions are drastically reduced as rivers flow through the city.
Meanwhile, the PMC intends to use the latest technology to clean up the dirt. Settlements along the riverbanks will be removed and PMC will spend over Rs 200 crore on rejuvenating development of the river.
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Vivek Gurav, founder of Pune Ploggers, who has worked individually for river rejuvenation, said: “The project initially looked promising. But there are a lot of concerns. It looks more like a beautification project than a river rejuvenation project. Construction on flood plains will harm biodiversity and this violates environmental standards even if permits are received. Most of the budget is allocated to civil construction which will hardly help the river to rejuvenate.