Bhubaneswar, October 16: In order to minimise riverine pollution caused by immersion of idols, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up four temporary ponds – two at Kuakhai river side and one each near Tanka Pani road and near Daya river.
While under Division-II of BMC Engineering Wing two ponds have been constructed, the Division-I has also constructed two temporary ponds on scientific basis.
The size of the ponds near the river at Bhubaneswar side is around 80ft×80ft, at Hansapal side it is 60×60 feet. The pond at Tankapani side is of 80×80 feet and the pond at Daya is 60×50 feet in area. All the temporary ponds are about 7 to 8 feet water depth. BMC has already intimated line departments like police, FIRE and ODRAF for their necessary cooperation during immersion.
As per instruction of BMC Commissioner Sanjaya Kumar Singh, BMC staff has been deployed at pond sides for their respective duties. He has also been instructed to clean the pond tomorrow by the sanitation team.
As the immersion hours range from 9 AM to 8 PM today, the four temporary ponds prepared for idol immersion have been provided with temporary light arrangement from approach road to pond site. The lighting arrangements, done by generators, will supply uninterrupted lights during night and evening hours for hassle free immersion.
It can be mentioned here that the temporary immersion ponds and approach roads are constructed by the BMC Engineering Wing as per the stipulations laid down by the Central Pollution Control Board to minimise riverine pollution and to provide relief for the people on the downstream, who use the river water for various day-to-day activities.