Citizens take the initiative to clean Nairkere pond

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ON A REVIVAL PATH: Silt being cleaned from the Nairkere pond in Udupi on Monday.
ON A REVIVAL PATH: Silt being cleaned from the Nairkere pond in Udupi on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

It has become the favourite destination with swimmers

children's corner has been created at the pond The cleaning project is estimated to cost Rs. 1 lakh

Udupi: In a unique initiative, the people of Nairkere have joined hands to clean the Nairkere pond here on Monday.

The Nairkere pond was cleaned and developed in 2000 at a cost of Rs. 8 lakh with money coming from the MP's Local Area Development Fund of Oscar Fernandes and the then MP Vinaykumar Sorake.

Twelve benches were put by the side of the pond for people to sit and relax.

A children's corner was built for the children to play.

Nairkere is a place where people go in for a swim.

In fact, every morning the place is abuzz with swimmers.

The accumulation of silt in the pond made it necessary to take up cleaning drive. Says the former vice-president of Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) Renold Praveen Kumar, who is involved in the clean-up drive, "Three Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from Udupi, Premanand Shetty, Mohammad Rafiq and Praveen Kumar Shetty have contributed money for cleaning the pond. All the three are from Nairkere area. This work is done without any government funds." Since the pond is about 20-foot deep, a crane has been pressed into service to remove the silt.

The cleaning work is expected to be completed in about five days.

After the cleaning work is completed, the children's corner will be refurbished. Says Mr. Kumar, "we want to develop Nairkere into a picnic spot with public support. The work is estimated to cost Rs. 1 lakh."

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