Thakur Talao: A role model for water harvesting and cleanliness

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2018 09:54:09

(1)The picturesque view of Thakur Talao. The lake boasts of greenery and provides a soothing sight to
visitors with well-maintained premises. (Pics by Kaushik Bhattacharya)
(2)The clean pathway leading to the lake which is maintained by the OFAJ administration.
(3)The walking track attracts a good number of health-concious citizens from nearby areas.
(4)The clean banks of the lake and illuminated pathways give a serene beauty and esctaticview to the evening visitors.
 (5)The warning board of deep water near the lake erected by OFAJ to alert the visitors about the depth of the lake and avoid any mishap in the lake.
 (6)OFAJ administration planted more than 10,000 saplings this year within lake premises.
(7)The slope constructed for ‘Chhat Puja’ celebrators and worshippers of the lake during festivals. 
(8)A small bridge that connects the walkway adds to the beauty of the lake and its surroundings. 





By Kaushik Bhattacharya,

Lakes are not only a source of water supply for cities but also support a large proportion of biodiversity. Conservation of water resources is the responsibility of every individual and also for the administration. The need of the hour is to use water judiciously with proper management.

Since last week, The Hitavada is highlighting the pathetic condition of city lakes which are shrinking due to mismanagement and negligence by the local administration and citizens of Nagpur.  Thakur Talao, the youngest lake of the city that is situated in the Ordnance Factory Ambajhari estate is telling the different story. Most of the city lakes are misused like a dumping place while Thakur Talao is an odd one out because of its natural beauty and clean water. This artificial lake is a brainchild of OFAJ administration who are also responsible for its conservation that is really up to the mark.

“Creating an artificial lake in the estate came in our mind when the Pinaka Project started in the factory. The OFAJ administration wanted to reuse the excavated material from the project and the idea of this lake generated,” stated Ravi Singh, Joint General Manager, OFAJ to The Hitavada.

The lake is a type of earthen reservoir that stores rain water during monsoon season. In beginning, it was just an experiment by the administration to increase the ground water level and increase green cover inside the estate. However we are now getting the fruitful results after nine years of its birth, said Raju Kalbande, JWM (Civil).

The capacity of the lake is 33.10 MLD that is mainly utilised towater the plants and other civil works inside the estate. It attracts various species of birds in all seasons. Residents of the estate and nearby areas prefer to use the walking tracks that surround the lake in the morning and evening hours. Street lights, chairs, clean premises, parking area, lush green lawn, numerous fishes and the scenic beauty explain the story of success and popularity of the lake among citizens.

Rising temperature is reducing the ground water level and this project helped to maintain it and the greenery, said M L Nandagawali, JWM, Y&DE. Security guard in shifts take care of the premises from any nuisance like illegal fishing and grazing in the lake. Fishes, water insects, different birds in the premises are expressing the rich aquatic life that should appreciated. Following this success, OFAJ has constructed one more reservoir inside the estate which is double the size of this lake.

“As far as water conservation is concern, self-sustainability is need of the hour. In case of water shortage, we are able to cater the requirement of 10,000 estate residents for three months during summer season,” said Ravi Singh.
According to Singh, “Every administration should work on water conservation and they need to put efforts for proper water harvesting by constructing artificial reservoirs and taking care of it.”

OFAJ administration is determined to plant at least 10,000 saplings every year in the estate premises and till date they have planted more than 30,000 saplings near the lake premises.  “OFAJ put a compulsion that every retiring employee of the factory have to plant a sapling on the last day of their work.

Hence, every month about 60-70 people plant saplings in different parts of the estate,” said Nandagawali. Water is a part of nature and we are working to hold water  level with the help of greenery in the estate. Due to all these practices the ground water level of outside estate also increased and the water scarcity for the nearby villages now reducing day by day, he further stated.
Following this success story, the administration is constructing two more reservoirs inside the estate that will help to provide clean water to the whole premises.