Maharashtra Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said Maharashtra Housing And Area Development Authority should develop a water front on the banks of Irai river flowing through the North and South border of Chandrapur district.
He also directed the Water Resources department to carry out a process to deepen the river and construct trenches in it.
Mungantiwar was speaking at a meeting organised at Vidhan Bhavan regarding the development plan of Irai River.
It was attended by MLA Nanabhau Shamkule, Principal Secretary to Urban Development Department Manisha Mhaiskar, District Collector Chandrapur Ashutosh Salil, Commissioner of Chandrapur Corporation Sanjay Kakade and other dignitaries.
“Under Irai river revitalisation programme, many tasks are proposed that includes removing slurry from the river, removing the soil of over burden of the mines, remedies to prevent the ash from Chandrapur thermal electricity generation plant from entering the river via the nullahs in the watershed areas,” Mungantiwar said.
“It also includes construction of cement and gabbien type of trenches in the lower watershed areas of Irai dam, construction of chain trenches on Irai river on the lower side from Irai dam, beautification of both the sides of the river from Padoli bridge near the city to Datala bridge and tree plantation for large trees near the side of the river,” he said.
Mungantiwar said the tasks should be started by November and encroachment not be made on the river bed.
“MHADA should prepare a comprehensive plan for the same, the funds for which would be allotted during the Legislative Session to be held in December 2016,” he said.