The Ramnadi at Baner
|⁃ location||near Pune City|
Ramnadi is a river in Pune District and is a tributary of Mula. It originates in the Sahyadris near Kathpewadi, north-west of Pune city. The river flows through the Bhugaon, Bhukum, Bavdhan, Pashan, Baner and Aundh areas of Pune city. It is defined as a brook by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
Some local people say that the basin of Ramnadi has shrunk[clarification needed] in the Pashan and Baner areas due to illegal constructions. These constructions are yet to be removed. Many rallies have been held to save the river. However, it has been turned into a sewage canal due to dumping of garbage on it' banks. Many local residents are in fact unaware of the river's existence. Hence the PMC has undertaken a project to beautify this river. The proposal includes development of a garden along the banks of the river.
Years of unchecked dumping of trash, as well as illegal encroachments on the banks of the river, has nearly destroyed its ecosystem. Hence it has sparked several restoration projects lead by environmental activists as well as concerned citizens over the years.
Ramnadi Restoration Mission (2019)
The Ramnadi Restoration Mission is one of the biggest river restoration projects in Pune, involving nearly 15,000 students from 38 colleges and 18 city-based environmental groups. It aims to restore the river to at least its state in 1949 (70 years prior). It official started on June 4, 2019.
Phase 1 of the project involves the rejuvenation of Khatpewadi lake. Removal of silt from the water body will help increase its capacity, the silt will be used to reduce the gradient of its banks. Plantation of trees along the bank will also be done. Construction of artificial islands in the lake is also being considered to provide ample space for migratory birds to nest and rest. Phase 1 is expected to require 3 years.
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