Mangaluru: Renovation of 1800-year-old Gujjarakere pond underway


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Sep 21: Gujjarakere pond which is 1,800 years old and one of the biggest ponds under the city limits has been revived at last. The silt in the pond is being removed through dredging.

The Gujjarakere pond which has 3.43-acre area and religious background was neglected and not maintained for many decades. Though the local administration had kept the required funds for the development of the pond, lack of initiative from the people representatives of the area had stalled the work.

Now a plan for the development of the pond under the Smart City project of Mangaluru is formed at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore and the work has begun. The aim of the project is to increase the underground water level in the pond as well as making it a tourist spot.

As the silt in the pond was not cleared on time several feet of silt got accumulated in the pond. At present, the silt to a level of 15 feet is being removed. However, the silt is being removed from an area that six feet away from the bank. The office-bearers of Gujjarakere Theertha Samrakshana Vedike opine that leaving six feet from the bank will again make the silt to accumulate in the pond.

The sources of drainage water which were getting mixed into the pond water have been rectified so the drainage water does not get into the pond now. The repair work of building the stone wall around the pond is also in progress. The trees on the banks of the pond will be retained. The project intends to develop grass, installation of benches to sit, development of roads around the pond, open gym, walking track, steps to get down to water, vehicle parking area and toilets. All the work will be completed by the end of May 2021.

Mohammed Nazeer, managing director Mangaluru Smart City limited said, "Silt removal work of Gujjarakere is in progress and will be completed in 10 days. The construction work of steps to get down to the pond is under progress. Once the rain stops completely, walking track, sitting benches and garden construction will be done."

Nemu Kottari chief secretary of Gujjarakere Theertha Samrakshana Vedike says, "MLA Vedavyas Kamath is taking a special interest in getting the work of Gujjarakere done. According to the officials, silt removal work is in progress now. However, the silt is being removed from an area that is six feet away from the banks. This will make the silt fall into the pond further and fill it again."

 

 

  

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  • Rational thinker, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    The MCC and the MLAs spend in crores to repair ponds and parks but nobody cares about roads even in the heart of the city. The priority should have been to repair the roads first and rest of the places next. Just for example drive on the road from Wenlock till KMC and also from Taj Mahal till mini Vidhana Soudha and enjoy the deep potholes and craters on the road to understand what I am trying to explain.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    There used to be a place called Emmekere.
    Is there a pond or used to be pond in the olden times ?

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  • michael, UDUPI

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    All corruption and bribe in Karnataka have taken the projects like this long to complete.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Woww....its good work by our MLA.... Congratulations and wish you every success in future endeavours too 🙏...but i don't know which part of the City it belongs to ..

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Where is gujjarakere...? Can anyone tell me please?

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  • Rahul, Jeppu

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Cynthia , It is near Jeppu Market

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Thank you so much Rahul, Bhakt and Justin for your kind information... 🙏🙏🙏

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  • BHAKT, DXB

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Near Jeppu market, mangaladevi.

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  • Justin Lobo, Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    It is little far to Cassia St.Rita's Church.
    It is near Morgan's Gate.
    Near to Bhagini Samaj. By the side, a little far away.

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Upgrading of pond is not a big issue, right now please do construct some space for parking issues in city the vehicle towing guys with full face mask in pick up truck are in full active mode with a smartphone in hand to take pictures of vehicles to tow. there is isn't enough space for parking. this should be first under smart City project including clearing of potholes.

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Thank God for the revival of this beauty!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Awesome ...

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  • Sanath, Manglore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Only possible under BJP govt....

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  • Rahul G, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Nice to see your response also Jossey sir,awesome you started accepting good from other party works too nowadays...... This development was initiated and executed by Vedavyas Kamath.

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