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BMC gears up to renovate 14 major water bodies in City




 The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken up restoration of 14 water bodies across the city with an investment plan of Rs 16.81 crore.

 The funding will be done by the Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (OUIDF).

“Water bodies are lifelines of urban local bodies and where development is faster they needed to be restored as they provide a cooling effect to the local environment and also act as a catalyst in restring water-based ecosystem comprising floral and faunal diversities,” said BMC sources.
While there are seven water bodies under the Division I of the engineering wing of BMC, Division II will also renovate equal number of water bodies, the sources added.
They said the water bodies under the process of renovation by Division I of the civic body include Nilakantha Pond, Patia, Masjid Pond, Haridaspur, Sadhua Pond, Jeypur, Pahala, Maa Ugalmani Pond, Chakeisiani,  Gadakana Pokhari, Bhotopada Tank and Balunkeswar Pond, Nayapalli.
Similarly, the water bodies included under Division II of the engineering wing of BMC include: Jena Sahi Pokhari, Jharpada, Fishery Pond, Laxmisagar, Kapileswar Temple pond, Jharpokhari, Jagamara, Baghua Pond, Jadupur, Badapokhari, Begunia and Haja Pokhari, Sundarpada, they added.
All the 14 ponds will be de-silted, de-weeded, have retaining wall, ‘parikrama’ where land parcels are available, fencing, benches for visitors and lighting arrangement so that the localities would get a recreational space around their local water bodies.
They said the Haja Pokhari in Sundarpada will have waste water diversion drain, ‘parikrama’ or walk way circling the huge water body, landscaping to beautify the scene and give it a park like look, retaining wall to prevent further damage to the pond area, two hybrid toilets, adequate lighting, approach road from the nearby main road and parking at a cost of nearly Rs 5.36 crore.
One of the most important water bodies in the other part of the city, i.e. Fisheries Pond in Laxmisagar will be renovated at a cost of Rs 6.69 crore, they said adding it will have similar facilities like the Haja Pokhari in Sundarpada.
However, the Fisheries Pond will have a hybrid toilet.
However, the Jhara Pokhari in Jagamata will not have parking and approach road and other options may also be less as land availability would be a challenge with it. The total cost here would be Rs 83.6 lakhs.
Notably, while renovation of 11 water bodies are in progress, in case of Maa Ugalmani Pond, Chakeisiani and Bhotapada Tank renovation work is completed.
The sources said dewatering work in Baghua Pond in Jadupur has been completed.
In case of Nilakantha Pond in Patia, the work progress is around 95 per cent while in case of Jena Sahi Pokhari in Jharpada the progress is 80 per cent, the sources said adding in Balunkeswar Tank, Nayapalli the work progress is 70 per cent, in case of Masjid Pokhari in Haridaspur and Sadhua Pond in Jeypur near Pahala the progress is 60 per cent each.





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