The pond near Karamtoli Chowk in Ranchi. (Prashant Mitra)
A neglected pond at Karamtoli Chowk will attract visitors from all across the capital if the efforts of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) bear fruit.
The civic guardian is chalking out plans to beautify the water body, which currently lies surrounded by garbage. As part of the initiative, RMC will develop a park around the pond, open a food court and introduce lights and boating facilities.
Dipankar Panda, chief executive officer of RMC, said they had already asked city-based architect Rajiv Chadda to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) within one and a half month.
“Once we get the DPR, we will send the proposal to state government. We will start beautification work after receiving the approval,” Panda said.
However, he could not provide details about expenses to be incurred, as the DPR is yet to be ready.
Tribals have set up homes around the pond, a majority of whom has been residing there for the past 50 years.
Architect Rajiv Chadda, who has already started taking measurements for preparing the report, said they would speak to the tribals before embarking on the drive.
“Sarna people have their own worship place, Sarna Sthal, near the pond. We have decided to take their opinion too as we do not wish to offend them,” he added.
Notably, garbage is dumped on the banks of the pond throughout the year except during Chhath when RMC carried out cleanliness drives.
Moreover, local residents wash their dishes and bath in the pond water, sullying the place.
Residents of Karamtoli have welcomed the move.
Ganesh Kumar Gupta, who runs a medicine shop on the opposite side of the pond, said the water body was a pride of their area and should be restored to its former glory.
“During summer, we cannot sit near the pond in the evenings and enjoy the cool breeze because of the garbage strewn around,” he said.
Another shop owner Vinod Kumar, however, has other reasons to be happy.
“Angling is my hobby but due to the filth, I was never able to hunt fish at the pond. Once it is beautified, hopefully I will be able to do that besides going for morning walks,” he told The Telegraph.
Sugnu Oraon, who has been residing near the pond for the past 15 years, has hailed the move .
“This pond is more than 50 years old and we do not want it to dry up like other ponds in the neighbourhood. It will survive if this drive is carried out,” he said.
25Ran pond: The pond near Karamtoli Chowk in Ranchi on Saturday. Picture by Prashant Mitra