Tuesday, April 14, 2015
INTERLINKING OF BALANGIR PONDS TO BE REVIVED Wednesday, 15 April 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
INTERLINKING OF BALANGIR PONDS TO BE REVIVED
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Around five decades ago, ponds played a crucial role in meeting the bathing and drinking water needs of Balangir town and nearby villages. However, now some of these ponds have been encroached or dumped with garbage while some have been blocked.
Earlier, ponds that were damaged due to encroachments, choking of drainage and other problems, were interlinked. Speaking on the revival of the interlinking system, Balangir MP Kalikesh Singh Deo on Tuesday said that efforts are on to revive the interlinking of 16 ponds of Balangir town.
“In 2013, we had given proposals for development of 16 ponds of the town. A sum of Rs19 crore will be spent for this. The detailed project report (DPR) of four ponds has been sent,” informed the MP while addressing newsmen here after visiting the Maharani Sagar pond.
He further added “For renovation of the Maharni Sagar, a total budget of Rs2.5 crore has been approved; and if further required, more funds would be arranged”.
Cleaning, improvement in drainage system and construction of steps and bathing ghats would be undertaken to make the ponds clean and usable for the public, he said, adding legal action would be taken against illegal encroachment of ponds area.