The NMMC Standing Committee recently approved the revival of city ponds, which are reeling under pathetic conditions. In the meeting Standing Committee member Shivram Patil raised concern over the delayed work done by the administration to speed up the tender process for the beautification of the ponds. The recent NMMC Standing Committee saw important discussions on the conditions of ponds in the city. Navi Mumbai boosts of many water bodies, which are found in nodes like Vashi, Turbhe, Ghansoli, Digha, Airoli and others. However, due to negligence over the years by the administration, these water bodies are dying a slow death. The beauty of the ponds are marred with immersions of religious idols which are still seen floating in the pond. There is dumping of debris and washing of clothes in the pond by the locals which has deteriorated the beauty of these water bodies. However, very soon these ponds will get a new lease of life as NMMC has decided to beautify the city ponds at an approximate cost of Rs 16 crores. This became the main topic of discussion in the NMMC Standing Committee meet where member Shivram Patil accused the administration of moving slowly on the tender process to beautify ponds. The administration has received funds from the MMRDA for the same. Speaking to NMTV News, NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik too urged the administration to bring in more proposals to beautify the city ponds. Presently only one proposal has been put forth by the NMMC administration. The administration has been asked to bring in a presentation how the planning of the project which, would receives suggestions from the Standing Committee. On the other hand, NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata said that very soon the ponds would be developed to also create a leisure space for the people. NMMC has already demarcated space in the pond where locals can wash their clothes. A wall is constructed to avoid the dirty water mixing in the pond. Even residents in the city have voiced concern over the deteriorating condition of ponds and said that there was an immediate need to restore them. The tenders have been taken out and work orders would be given out by December, said the Commissioner. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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