Ranchi, Oct. 5: The pond near Jail More is no longer littered, thanks to a drive by Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) that has cleared the garbage of rotting fruits, flowers and other puja paraphernalia.
The two-day drive, held during the end of last month, saw 60 safai karmacharis clean up the pond as well as its banks.
The Telegraph, in it’s September 20 report titled, Gods leave pond in peril, had highlighted the dismal state of the pond following the immersion of Ganesh and Vishwakarma idols.
Spurred by the report, the civic body’s chief executive officer Deepankar Panda directed a team of 60 to spruce up the water body.
Local residents expressed happiness at the prompt action that saved them from the unbearable stench.
“Humlog ab raahat ki saas le rahe hain (We can now breathe a sigh of relief),” said retired government employee Kamlesh Rai.
Shopkeepers, too, were relieved. “Finally, the pond has been cleaned up. It had become unbearable after the immersions,” beamed Deepak Rajak, who runs a nearby tea-kiosk.
Following the drive, a few youths have even started fishing in the pond.
“After the immersions, we were unable to pursue angling. Now, we get an opportunity to try our luck with the fishing rod,” said Manoj Mahli who lives nearby.
Deputy chief executive officer of RMC S.K. Lal admitted that their action was prompted by the The Telegraph report.
“Other ponds like Bada talab, Kadru talab and Chadri talab are also used for immersions. We will clean them all as soon as Durga Puja ends,” he promised.