Keonjhar: In an environment-friendly initiative, cops in Odisha’s Keonjhar district have volunteered labour to give an abandoned and polluted pond with new and refreshing look.
The pond dated back to British Raj. It was lying in neglect. So we decided to refurbish it by voluntary labour right from the officers to the gram rakshis on the lower police rung. The pond is a natural source of water. It has ample water retention capacity. In summer days, it never gets dried up, said Keonjhar Superintendent of Police, Jai Narayan Pankaj.
The pond lying in the reserve police line had become a dumping ground of garbage and wastes materials. With the pond marked stagnant water, it had become a breeding of mosquito. However the pond was located in calm surroundings free from din and bustle of urban life. Devotees thronged the temple located in the vicinity of the pond. The nauseating smell from the polluted pond was a disconcerting for the devotees and people living nearby.
“I discussed the proposal for renovating the pond with my subordinates. They gladly consented to the plan. All agreed to volunteer labour to refurbish the pond and give a facelift to its ambience”, he said.
It took three months of voluntary labour by policemen right from gram rakhis to officers for the environment-friendly project to take final shape, said Superintendent of Police, Pankaj.
Apart from the ‘Shram Dan’, we spent funds from district police welfare fund to beautify the surroundings of the natural water body. To make the place more attractive, we are planning to launch boat-rides for children. The boats are being procured from the police welfare funds.
It’s a very nice initiative by the district police. The pond and its surroundings have undergone sea-change. Children will spend leisure time nicely here after the boatride is introduced, said a local Rasanand Mohanta.