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Surat’s lifeline turns green, raises a stink | Surat

SURAT: Even as Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is making best of its efforts to clean the city, the city’s lifeline Tapi river – and Narmad Sarovar in it – has turned into a stinking waterbody. One cannot stand for a few minutes on the weir-cum-causeway. Narmad Sarovar is the only source of drinking water for Surat.
Until recently, the huge lake offered a beautiful sight to people who wanted hang out there. Hundreds of swimming enthusiasts used to go regularly to Narmad Sarovar. But for the last few days, not just the visitors but lakhs of residents around the waterbody are worried about the dirty and stinking water in the lake.
“When the government is spending crores to clean the Tapi, then why is the situation like this? Why cannot SMC develop a mechanism to protect the only source of drinking water?” asked Dharmesh Gami, a social worker.
“I have caught fish here for the past many years but now no fish is found at the causeway because of the dirty water. The water has turned green,” said Salim Salot, a resident of Rander.
Environmental activist MSH Shaikh says it is suspected that sewage waste is directly being dumped into the lake. “The water is highly polluted,” he says.
Residents say the weir-cum-causeway was never so dirty. “For the past many years, I have been using the weir-cum-causeway to go the other side multiple times in a day. It was never so dirty and smelly like this before,” said Nikunj Tank, a resident of the Veds area.
“One cannot stand on the weir-cum-causeway for longer than a few seconds. It is a pitiful condition,” said Shailesh Tank, who regularly goes kayaking and swimming at the causeway.
When contacted, municipal commissioner Shalini Agarwal said: “SMC teams have already started working to solve the problem. Freshwater will be pumped in while the process to clear the impurities is also on.”
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