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Hope floats for Harmu

- Tenders for facelift issued

A Rs 78-crore revival package has finally rolled out to rescue Harmu river in Ranchi.

Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation under the state urban development department on Sunday formally issued tenders, inviting expert agencies to revive this neglected river.

The last date to submit tenders is September 17 while the final bid will be opened two days later.

Under the proposed project, the state department plans to infuse fresh lease of life into the dying river that meanders sluggishly for 11km via Nagri, Harmu and Kadru areas before meeting the Subernarekha near Namkum.

Corporation project director Pramod Kumar Sinha said the tender would be awarded for two years and the selected firm would have to maintain the site for the next five years.

“Whatever work has been proposed must be finished within two years. Thereafter, the agency will maintain and operate all facilities created as part of the river rejuvenation project for five years,” Sinha said.

The detailed project report (DPR), prepared by the state urban development department with technical support from IIT-Mumbai, BIT-Mesra and a Mumbai-based planning and designing company, Tandon Group, has two components — core and non-core.

The DPR includes beautification, anti-encroachment and sewage treatment plant.

Core components comprise de-silting and riverbed development, boundary fencing and controlled access, diversion of sewage and provision of sewage treatment plant, storm water channelisation, solid waste management and low-cost sanitation.

Non-core components include riverfront development, creation of parks and gardens, jogging and walking tracks, lighting, tourism-related activities and landscaping.

Considering its scope, the river project needs constant state support, Sinha said.

He added encroachment was the river’s biggest enemy. “Due to squatters, Harmu river lost its course and sanctity,” he said, adding it was the job of Ranchi Municipal Corporation to remove encroachment. “It’s never easy as the way the issue gets politicised. Initially, we will work on encroachment-free areas,” he said.