Nag river to get a facelift with Rs 1,064 cr aid from Japan

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Aug 2018 10:28:26



Special Correspondent,

Major hurdle to give a facelift of historic Nag river- the signature river of Nagpur, has been cleared. This may be a major leap for the development of Orange City as Japan Government has sanctioned financial assistance of Rs 1,064.48 crore for the abatement project of river. This has created a ray of hope in the heart of Nagpurians that the ambitious beautification and rejuvenation of this dying river will become a reality soon.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conveyed to the office of Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari about their confirmation of loan assistance. M P Singh, Chief Development Specialist JICA in a communication to Gadkari’s office stated that Government of Japan has conveyed “go ahead” to take up the captioned project proposal for further processing by JICA. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari worked hard for this project.

Now, the actual work is likely to start from February 2019, as per the directions given by Nitin Gadkari in a meeting held recently at New Delhi. The total cost of the project is Rs 1,252.33 crore and Japan Government will release 85 per cent cost of the project Rs 1,064.48 crore on a guarantee of Central and State Governments to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The civic body will share remaining 15 percent amount of Rs 187.84 crore. Earlier, the project was of Rs 1,476 crore sanctioned by the general body of NMC. Later it was curtailed to Rs 1,286 crore and now, it has been reduced upto Rs 1252.33 crore. The funds will also be used for the rejuvenation and beautification of Bor Nala and Pili Rivers.

Mayor Nanda Jichkar, Ruling Party leader Sandip Joshi and Standing Committee Chief Virendra Kukreja welcomed the decision of JICA. They expressed gratitude towards Fadnavis and Gakari for sanctioning this prestigious project.
Nag River originates from Ambazari lake’s overflow weir at the west of the Orange city and flows from the West to the East following natural slope of the landform to eventually join Kanhan River. The length of the river in the city limits is around 17 kms.

Nag River acts as a natural storm water drainage passage for major part of the city. Over the years, the river has been polluted due to ingress of sewage and industrial waste, washing of clothes and animals, indiscriminate solid waste dumping as a result of that it has been reduced to mere carrier of waste.  The river receives fresh water only during monsoon and during rest of the year it carries untreated sewage and industrial effluent across the city.

According to Nag River Basin Action plan prepared by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Nag River is the main culprit for unsatisfactory water quality in Gosikhurd dam, built on Wainganga river. Other than domestic wastewater, industrial activities and sources like slaughter house, hospitals and also contribute to river pollution. It is necessary to collect, treat and discharge the domestic wastewater generated in the river catchment.

Salient features of Nag river

Total length of Nag River                         17.1 km
Total project area                                   936.52 hectares
Total land under slum                              37 hectares
Total area along river                              41 hectares
Total area under potential land bank        15 hectares

Available area under for development       93 hectares
(including slum, open space and potential land bank)

Origin                               Overflow from Ambazari Lake

Major Tributaries            Bor Nullah, Pili River, Futala, Pora                                          River

Minor Tributaries              24 natural drains within city

Width                              12 mtrs to 40 mtrs

Length Total                   68 kms (17 kms within city)

End point                      confluence with Kanhan River

Total area in Nag
river catchment               5,620 hectare

General Abstract of Old Estimate

Description                                  Total Amount
Interception, diversion works     Rs 27.50 crore
Sewer Networks                           Rs 894.75 crore
STPs                                              Rs 39.44 crore
Pumping Stations                         Rs 69.95 crore
Access to Ghats                            Rs 83 crore
Protective Wall                             Rs 14.84 crore
Walkway and promenade            Rs 75 crore
Land Acquisition                          Rs 56.69 crore
Power connection                        Rs 22 crore
O& M                                             Rs 48.75 crore


Civic body to plug sewage discharge polluting Nag river

Noted architect firm of Ahmedabad-- HCP Design and Planning Management Limited --has prepared a concept plan of rejuvenation of Nag River. HCP has proposed to plug sewage discharge points, clean the river and make it pollution free, manage floods, conserve historic places and also generate revenue from the banks of the river. The architect has given simple and valuable suggestion to make it more attractive and eco-friendly. The total length of the river is 17.1 kms starting from Ambazari lake to the point of confluence of Nag River and Pili River. The total project area is 936.52 hectares. The width of the river varies from 18 meters to 50 meters, it is quite narrow at its origin and gradually broadens upto 50 meters in the middle of its course.

The consultant observed that Nag River has multiple sewage discharge points that need immediate attention, around 90 per cent of its flow comprises of sewage. The 29 slum along the river bank that are prone to flooding and lack basic infrastructure services also requires immediate intervention. The consultant has suggested interceptor sewer to nearest pumping station to curb sewage flowing into river. He has also advised for installation of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of 5 MLD each at VNIT and Shankar Nagar while 30 MLD at Morris College ground. The report has also suggested constructing lifting pumping stations at Shastri Nagar NIT Garden, Ashok Samrat Buddha Vihar and Hiwari Layout. It has also advised to manage flood by creating additional storage capacity by early release of water. The peak flood can be reduced by timely release from Ambazari.

The company has also advised for strengthening the river edge as 55 per cent river edge has compound wall, 22 per cent river edge have slums and 23 per cent natural river edge.

The consultant has suggested to beautify river embankment developing and finishing of walkways and promenades along the river, construct new vehicular and pedestrian connection between both river edges, and also construct check dams.

The consultant has suggested for redevelopment of existing gardens and also develop garden along river. He has also proposed slum relocation and also for integrated slum improvement scheme. He gave important suggestion to conserve historic temples and ghats, start boating facilities, and improve river front.