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NMC will make 4 new tanks for immersion of big idols

The project also aims to completely ensure that there is no idol immersion in water bodies, which has already been banned by the civic body.

Nagpur: The state government has sanctioned around Rs 32 crore to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to build four immersion tanks, most notably for huge idols, within the city limits.

The project also aims to completely ensure that there is no idol immersion in water bodies, which has already been banned by the civic body.

The approval came a few days before Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B submitted a proposal in this regard on February 17, within two months.

The team of comprising superintending engineers Sonali Chauhan, Manoj Talewar, executive engineer Sunil Uikey, junior engineer Devchand Kakade and deputy engineer Rajiv Gautam had prepared the proposal completely. And there is also a plan to build two tanks on 15 acres of land occupied by the Central Jail on the side of the road connecting Ajni Railway Overbridge to Kriplani Chowk.

The team has also taken in-principle approval from the jail authorities and the proposal will be sent to the jail headquarters for approval.

Two other tanks have also been planned on vacant land near Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s water treatment plant near Police Line Takli Lake and Gorewada Lake.

NMC constructed immersion tanks on the banks

Earlier, there was also a plan to build a tank on the land of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth in front of the back gate of Air Force Colony located in Dabha. But the PDKV has refused to give permission, reportedly saying that the land is reserved for an agricultural convention centre.

Over the years, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has provided the facility of immersion of idols of four feet or less in plastic tanks. But huge idols were being immersed in the lakes, Nag and Yellow rivers. Idol immersion in water bodies was completely banned in the last festive season. And for big idols, alternative arrangements had been made in the pond built near Koradi lake.

MLC Pravin Datke has asked the NMC to submit a proposal to the government, taking considerable note of the concerns of the devotees regarding the distance of the Koradi lake immersion site from the city as well. Pravin Datke and state BJP president Chandrashekar Bawankule have ensured the acceptance of the funds.

After the end of every festive season, NMC is also planning to convert the tanks into swimming pools.

NMC has already constructed immersion tanks on the banks of Sonegaon and Gandhisager lakes as a part of rejuvenation of water bodies.

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