Buried under the expansion of slums for years, Lake Thane will come back to life

THANE: More than two years after the initiative was launched, the efforts to 'revive' the 'dead' Lake Jogila seem to have paid off and the body of water will bring this monsoon back to life.

The discovery of the subsoil on the site has generated the hope that the lake, which had disappeared a few decades ago, will return to its former glory.

“We are sure that the lake will fill this monsoon. Our team has found natural springs under the lake bed and groundwater quality seems to be good. However, the project to revitalize the lake and renovate its enclosures will take a few more years, ”said the municipal commissioner of Thane, who visited the site recently. In 2017, the administration discarded the ambitious project to revive the lake, distributed on 0.24 acres in the Thane room, with an initial allocation of Rs 2.25 million rupees. The biggest challenge was the rehabilitation and relocation of an illegal expansion of slums consisting of 300 families that had invaded the lake bed.

What made it even more daunting was an initiative of this magnitude that had never been executed before, not only in the city, but even throughout the state, said a senior civic official.

“Once the huts cleared, we began cleaning up piles of debris thrown into the lake bed. After digging almost 20 feet, we found some natural springs. We seek help from experts from the National Institute of Environmental Engineering Research (NEERI), ”said an official.