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Four stinking water bodies to be turned into model ponds

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, December 31

Four filthy ponds, which had made the lives of local residents miserable with nauseating smell besides becoming a breeding hub for mosquitoes and flies, are being turned into model ponds with the cost of around Rs 5 crore.

These ponds will be filled with clean water from nearby canals for which the Irrigation Department is laying pipelines. Splendid lighting, decorative plants, parks and lush green surroundings will add to their charm.

Will be filled with clean water

  • Will be filled with clean water from nearby canals for which pipelines

    are being laid

  • Splendid lighting, decorative plants, parks and lush green surroundings to be added

  • In Kachwa and Gonder villages, the DC has directed the officials to remove illegal encroachment

The work on these ponds has already been started in Padha, Gonder, Kachwa and Sagga villages, which are among the biggest villages of the district. "This step is being taken by the Haryana Pond Authority and Panchayati Raj Department under a pilot project and soon it will be implemented across the state," said Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav.

"These ponds were filthy and a constant nuisance for the residents. On the demand of the villagers, the government has started their transformation. The local residents will now have to maintain these ponds," Yadav said.

"I visited the sites two days ago and instructed the officials concerned to complete the work before rainy season so that there is no problem later," he said.

In Kachwa and Gonder villages, the illegal encroachment near the pond may create trouble. The DC has directed the officials to remove it at the earliest.

The model pond in Kachwa village is being developed on the demand of residents at a cost of Rs 80 lakh in around 11 acres, while the pond in Sagga village is being developed on around 9 acres at a cost of Rs 78 lakh. Most of the work has been completed in Sagga and the remaining will be completed by April, the DC added.

He said the pond in Gonder village was being constructed at a cost of Rs 1.7 crore.

The residents hailed the step of transforming these ponds. "We urged Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to develop a model pond at the site of filthy pond. He accepted our demand and now we are happy that the work has been started. Now, we urge the DC to not give this model pond on lease for fishing purposes," said Suresh Ghai, former sarpanch of Kachwa village.



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