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New Action Plan Will Beautify The River Godawari

New Action Plan Will Beautify The River Godawari

River Godavari has got significance in Kumbh Mela. With the Kumbh Mela scheduled for 2015, the Nasik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has asked the state for Rs 2,000 crore for different progressive and major works under the Godavari action plan.

The new proposal, which is along the lines of the previous Godavari action plan, has been sent to the state for overall development. The action plan would include work on ghat development, roads, cleanliness, parking and more. NMC need funds to build up the ghats, for cleanliness, ring roads, hospitals, parking, multi-level parking, main roads and land reservations for Kumbh Mela. They have to obtain 300 acres of land for different development and infrastructural works for the approaching Kumbh Mela. For this they need Rs 2000 crores.

Uddhav Nimse, chairman of the NMC's standing committee said that they had an internal discussion about this and has sent a proposal to the state government. They will soon have a meeting with the chief minister in Mumbai and will ask him to forward the proposal to the central government. In 2-3 months' time, they are hopeful to get this done.

Excutive engineer of the sewage department said that the original Godavari action plan was announced in 1993. It took off only in 1999 and was completed in 2004. "Most of the work was completed during that period— like the sewage treatment plant of 78 mld (million litres daily) capacity at Tapovan and the 22 mld capacity at Chehedi. Some diversions and intersections at several locations have been done, a low cost sanitation, forestation in various parts along the stretch of the river and New Ganeshwadi pumping station have been completed and approved by the government in 2004. He further said that there was a demand for inclusive action plan for Godavari on the basis of the plan of 1999-2004 for Nasik city.

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