The Harmu river which is a tributary of Subarnarekha River, and was on the verge of drying up till last year, is likely to retain more water in the coming months. The river will get a new look by August 2017.
A contract was signed between the Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company Ltd. (JUIDCO) and a Mumbai based private company, Eagle Infra India Ltd on February 25, 2015 for the beautification of the river.
Alok Kumar Mandal, deputy general manager of JUIDCO said, "Around 35% work has been completed already. The work is being done on a war footing and is likely to be completed by August next year.
“Once completed, the river will have more water and the nearby areas will also be developed with a huge park,” Mandal added. The Harmu river stretches 17.5 km across the city out of which 10.5 km is in the urban area of Ranchi and other cities.
The project has nine major components including gabion work, storm water drain, sewer network, sewerage treatment plant, pathway and much more. The construction of gabion around the river had a slight increase in the water level after rainfall this month.
"Gabion work which means to cover the sides of the river with heavy stones has already be done on a total area of 20.8 km of which 14.50 km has already been covered. This will help in defining the actual flow of river” informed Mandal.
Similarly, the work of constructing storm water drain which has to be done on a stretch of 20.8 km, has been done for 10.8 km," Mandal said. The work of laying kerb stone, construction of paver block and elevated pathway for the morning walkers is also being done.