Buddha Nallah cleaning in 3-km stretch to cost Rs 22 crore
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Finally, work has started on the bio-remediation project to clean the Buddha Nallah of the toxic matter so that uncontaminated water flows into Satluj river.
The then Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh had visited Ludhiana more than a year ago and inaugurated the project, but the work never started after that.
On Wednesday, the work was started by Green Infrastructure, the private company which will be handling the cleaning project. A metal screen was installed in the nallah at Jainpur so as to stop the filth being thrown into the nallah. After every 500 metres, a green bridge will be set up.
Though the nallah is spread across more than 31 km within the municipal corporation limits and outside as well, the company will be cleaning only 3-km stretch starting from Jainpur-Malikpur bridge of Buddha Nallah with a total cost of Rs 22 crore. This work, as per the company officials, will be done by March-end. No clarity is there about the remaining part of the nallah as the company has been given a contract for a small stretch only.
Parvir Sinha, CEO of Green Infrastructure, said, "We will be cleaning only the 3-km stretch."
Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari had got this project approved from the Environment Ministry. He was present at Jainpur when the work was started.
He said, "Under the first phase, six green bridges will be built up downstream of the Buddha Nallah."
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