BARIPADA: The district administration on Thursday directed Baripada Sub Collector-cum-Endowments officer Anya Das to examine the continued restoration of Hemsagar Pokhari. The century-old pond in Baripada city is used for rituals of the Trinity of Haribaldevjew temple.
The route for spot inquiry got here after district OBC cell of Congress demanded to obviously demarcate the land within the identify of the pond and set up of a nameplate because the house for the water physique is being restricted by unlawful encroachments on either side. In a memorandum to Endowments officer Anya Das on July 28, the Congress OBC Cell’s district president Rana Satyakam Senapati and State co-ordinator Sukumar Ranjan Pradhan acknowledged that if the house across the pond will not be clearly earmarked, its beautification is not going to be potential.
Situated near Haribaldevjew shrine below Ananda Bazaar Mouza within the coronary heart of the city, Hemsagar Pokhari has 4 acre 15 decimal land in its identify of which 2 acre 69 decimal is moist land (jalasaya). However the space across the water physique has been encroached.
Earlier below the Endowments division, the pond is at present being managed by Baripada municipality. Its renovation had began in Might this 12 months and is anticipated to be accomplished by 2023. Sources mentioned, the restoration venture, estimated at Rs 1.39 crore, entails silt lifting and stone packing across the pond, strolling paths, two gates and safety boundary (fence), seating and backyard space.
Following the enchantment by the OBC Cell, the contractor involved has put in a board with venture element, on the financial institution of the pond. Collector Vineet Bhardwaj mentioned he has requested Endowments officer Anya Das for spot inquiry and needful motion. Ongoing restoration work of Chapal Pokhari within the city can also be dealing with comparable points.