Revival of 7 water bodies of Temple City soon

Bhubaneswar: In a major decision, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to revive as many as seven water bodies across the temple city.

Deputy Commissioner of BMC, Bata Srimanta Mishra said a total outlay of around Rs 20 crore will be allocated for this purpose.

“The project will be undertaken as collaboration between BMC and Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (OUIDF). About 45 percent of the outlay will be in the form of grants by OUIDF while the rest 45 percent will be through loans and the 10 percent will be BMC contribution,” said Mishra.

According to sources, the seven identified ponds are Ananta Basudev Purohit pond, Ghagudi pond, Barabari pond in Jagamara, Jhari pond, Namrakani pond, Taria pond and Nayapalli Haja.

Several other decisions were also taken during the BMC meeting today.

According to sources, the BMC is carrying out documentation works to declare the city Open Defecation Free (ODF). “Since we already have many public toilets, we have decided to ensure that open defecation is minimised, but firstly we will conduct an awareness campaign for one month and implement the rule as per which whosoever is found defecating in the open inside BMC areas will have to pay Rs 50 penalty,” Mishra said.

This apart, the BMC has also decided to keep a tab on the mushrooming Kalyan Mandaps (banquet halls).