Ujjain: River experts suggest modules to keep Kshipra flowing

Ujjain: A meeting of the Kshipra Purification Trust was held at the Simhastha Fair office on Tuesday. River specialist from IIT Kanpur, Vinod Tare said that both quantity and quality of waters in the Kshipra River should be maintained. He asserted that waters of the Kshipra should not be diverted and it was necessary to treat waste waters and release it into the river.

Prof Tare further said cleaning the water cost about Rs 10-15 per cubic meter. This would result in the water becoming so pure that it could be sipped. He stated that to increase the amount of water in the river and to clean the water as well, purification of the Kshipra purification was must.

He emphasised on increasing the river’s depth and width. He pointed out that it was necessary to pay special attention to the fact that the river’s water should flow continuously, and did not stop anywhere. Two elements of filthy water viz nitrogen and phosphorus needed to be eradicated by treatment, or else bacteria would flourish in it, he added.

Simhastha Fair Authority chairman Diwakar Natu said plans for purification of the Kshipra were being made for a long time, but the desired works were not being done.  MLA Mohan Yadav said the work of Kshipra purification would have to be done promptly. Different dimensions of the work must be completed in the prescribed time period. He stressed on the need to prioritise completion of the river corridor work.

Municipal speaker Sonu Gehlot said not just government departments but members of the trust would have to take up their work for the purification of the Kshipra river. Under this, deepening of water resources, construction of stop-damp and percolation dams, obtaining permission to develop ponds on industrial green belts, repair of Mangalnath stop dam etc were necessary. Social worker Rajiv Pahwa said a ‘time line’ had to be decided for Kshipra purification. He said that encroachment of river area should be removed to pave way for plantation.

Divisional commissioner MB Ojha said various types of action plans are being made for about 20 years continuously for Kshipra purification. He said the time had now come to implement them effectively. The work assigned to 22 departments as per the work plan of Kshipra purification should be done in a phased manner.

Collector Manish Singh said a sewage treatment plant was required at Dewas and Sanver for the Kshipra’s purification from where purified water would enter the Kshipra river. He stressed that a centralised sewage treatment plant was being constructed in the city though there was a need for constructing a decentralised sewage treatment plant.

In the meeting, demand was made by the members that nodal officers and coordinators should be appointed for cleaning the Kshipra. It was informed by the commissioner that the zila panchayat chief executive officer would be the nodal officer for the work of rural areas and the municipal commissioner would be the nodal officer for the work of urban areas. To coordinate the entire work, the joint-commissioner of divisional commissioner will work as coordinator.

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