DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Following on the Rispana (Rishiparna) river revival plan, the Dehradun district magistrate SA Murugesan inspected various stretches of the river from its point of origin at Mohsi Falls-Shikhar Falls to about 30 kilometres downstream at Mothrowala-Daudwala Road.
He directed officials of the various agencies involved in the revival project to submit proposals within three days for the arrangements they need to make. These will be used in drafting the action plan for various departments involved in the project for revival of the Rispana which has been divided into 14 sectors.
The District Magistrate directed the Additional District Magistrate to conduct verification of land along the Rispana from Shikhar Fall to Daudwala along with revenue department officials to ascertain whether the land belongs to the Forest Department, Gram Sabha, municipal corporation or Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority. The departments should be informed about the land status.
He also directed the officials concerned to conduct verification and remove encroachments from the banks of the river. The Peyjal Nigam officials were directed to prepare a report on sewerage being drained into the river from Canal Road and also talk to the MDDA on the subject.
The irrigation department executive engineer informed that at present 17 MLD water is flowing at the head of Mohsi Fall. Out of this, 14 MLD water is being used for drinking purposes with the remaining water flowing into the Rispana.
Drinking water is being sourced from here since 1985. Observing soil erosion of mountains on both banks of the river, he directed that the Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute should also be involved in the task. Officials of various departments concerned and representatives of Making a Difference by Being the Difference (MAD) were also among those present on the occasion.