Karnataka

Old ponds, tanks to be cleaned up in Chitradurga

Initiative planned on World Environment Day

In order to observe World Environment Day, the Chitradurga City Municipal Council has decided to clean up all ancient sources of water — such as old tanks and ponds — in the city. This move would not only help in ensuring cleanliness in the city but also help in increasing ground water table which is essential in tackling drought.

Manjunath Goppe, council president, who has taken up the initiative, began the cleaning of a pond near the office of the Superintendent of Police on Saturday, along with more than 70 staff members of the council. The cleaning went on all through Sunday and Monday. The council provided breakfast to employees involved in the cleaning.

80 years

According to some senior citizens in the locality, the pond is nearly 80 years old. Few decades ago, locals used to get water from the tank for drinking and other purposes. In 1985, the pond was cleaned by local authorities to ensure supply of water. Since then, however, it has deteriorated in condition.

Pujar Chandrappa, a resident of the area, said that a few decades ago, the water in the pond was used to wash idols in the temple and also for drinking purposes. However, owing to the negligence of authorities, it has become a dumping ground today. In 2007, the city had received good rainfall and the pond was filled completely. Since then, it has not received ample water, he added.

Mr. Goppe said that the council had decided to clean up ancient sources of water with the help of residents. A few days ago, the Chennakeshav Swamy pond was also cleaned. The council is seeking the opinion of experts to ensure the pond receives water.

Other ponds

Mr. Goppe added that ponds near the government bus terminal, at Sangapppa Layout, beside LIC office, near Chitradurga fort and at Kavadigarhatti would all be cleaned. He also appealed to residents not to pollute these ponds as they played a crucial role in tackling drought.

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