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Fadnavis confirms Nag river's origin at Lava

Category : City |  Posted Date : 10/01/2013

TOI NAGPUR: MLA Devendra Fadnavis has objected to the civic body's statement that Nag river does not originate at a hillock near Lava village but at the Ambazari's lake's overflow point. He has also slammed officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for lying about the issue. Journalist and activist Shyam Pandharipande has also pointed out that technical experts from various government departments have inspected and certified the river's origin.

Expressing concern over MPCB and NMC officials' steps, Fadnavis told TOI there is a lot of evidence to prove the origin of Nag river at a hillock near Lava village. "I can never forget the memorable moment when I saw the Nag river's origin. I was mayor in 1999 when Pandharipande, Pradyumna Sahasrabhojanee and others told me that some satellite images prove the Nag river's origin was in existence. NMC, in association with the activists and officials, formed Eco City Foundation with an office in the NMC main administrative building. The activists worked hard to trace the origin and its course up to Ambazari lake. Then I went with them and saw the river's origin. A couple of NMC officials present at that time are working still in the civic body," he said.

Fadnavis said NMC's proposal to rejuvenate the river from its origin was also accepted by the state and central government. "Centre agreed to consider Nag river's rejuvenation plan under 9{+t}{+h} five year plan. The centre asked NMC to prepare a presentation and detailed project report in association with Neeri. Meanwhile, my tenure ended and the plan went into cold storage due to lack of coordination between NMC and Neeri," he said.

Lashing out at NMC and MPCB officials, Fadnavis said there's no question of denotifying a stretch of Nag river. "NMC committed a big mistake by preparing the Nag river's rejuvenation plan from Ambazari lake's overflow point. I will also take up the issue," he said.

Recalling those days, Pandharipande said Nag river's origin was witnessed and certified by top officials and technical experts. "I was director of Eco City Foundation and led the team to trace the river's origin and stream up to Ambazari lake. We walked around six kilometres from Ambazari lake to the origin following the stream. The origin was a natural panoramic picture. Water was coming out of a hillock and forming the stream. Few more streams were joining Nag river on its way to the lake, widening the river. We also walked from the origin to the lake to study other issues. The then collector Manukumar Shrivastav accepted my request and brought a team of technical experts from various departments to the origin. All of them certified it as the river's origin," he said.

Member of Eco City Foundation and activist Gopal Thosar said the need is to inspect the entire stream again, from Lava to the lake and rejuvenate the river. "Nag river can get its glory back and be conserved only if rejuvenated from the origin to lake," he said.

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