Ujjain :  The luxury of bathing in crystal clear water of Kshipra has become a reality with the administration’s initiative of installing ozonation plants in the river, which ranks very low in the list of Indian rivers in terms of level of pollution and water clarity. It was another feather in the cap of administration that the pilgrims took bath in 2 cubic meter flow on the day of Shahi Snan.

The administration had promised to avail bath to the pilgrims in the crystal clear water of Kshipra. The promise appeared to be true with the first Shahi Snan when lakhs of saints and pilgrims took bath in Kshipra. It is for the first time when a river in India is using the technique of ozonation by which the oxygen is dissolved in the water. Ozonation plants have been setup at five places in the river. They had started working prior to the Simhastha Fair. The best part is that an LED installed at the ghat displays the purity level of Kshipra round the clock.

It was not only for this technique that the dead Kshipra has been revived. The Kshipra which the pilgrims are witnessing today as they bath in it and practice ‘Achaman’, is the result of efforts made by citizens and district administration which remained on their toes during couple of years to clean Kshipra ghats. Administration spent around Rs 700 crore for the cleaning of the river. Water is being lifted from Narmada through a highly ambitious Narmada-Kshipra Link Project and the unique confluence of Kshipra and Narmada has come on ground with the proactive step of the state government.

Ujjain municipal corporation has signed a contract with Gurgaon based Purab Logistics firm of Rs 9 crore. With the technique Kshipra water is cleaned in a natural process. Plants have been installed at Ramghat, Mangalnath, Gaughat, Narsing Ghat and Lalpul. These plants will convert the oxygen into ozone and dissolve it in river. Consequently, the ozone destroys the impurities of bio-waste, chemicals and germs.

At present the technique is being used at the pond located at Golden Temple in Amritsar. It was informed by Water Resources Department that the pilgrims took bath in the flow of 2 cubic meter water in Kshipra on the day of Shahi Snan. It is to notice that the water was appeared clear even after the bath.

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