The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will soon initiate cleaning of Pavana riverbed from Kiwale to Dapodi for a cost of Rs 90 lakh.
Sanjay Kulkarni, executive engineer (environment department) of PCMC said the river has become home to mosquitoes ever since temporary water diversion structures were erected while constructing bridges on it.
Moreover, treated or untreated sewage water is being discharged into the river with construction debris.
Twelve locations have been identified along the 20km stretch of Pavana, from basket bridge, Ravet to Dapodi for the cleaning work. Kulakarni said, “We had invited bids for the contract around six months ago as we wanted to start the work in March-April itself, but there was a delay in receiving the approval.“
However, the work will start soon. “If there are heavy rains then it will be stopped. The contract period is of two years,“ Kulkarni added.
Source : TOI