Former Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik joined NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Naveen Gavte, Standing Committee members and NMMC officials to inspect the “Khandi Dam” at Iltanpada. The Khandi dam is a British era dam owned by the Union Railways Ministry at the moment. In 2018, on demand of locals, Sandeep Naik had met Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and appealed that the railways allow NMMC to take over the dam. At that time, the Minister had given in-principle approval for the same. Last month NMMC received a letter from Union Railways Ministry, inviting a report of how feasible taking over the dam would be for NMMC. Following this, the NMMC corporators and officials team led by Sandeep Naik visited the dam and its neighbouring areas at Iltanpada. Sandeep Naik discussed with officials present on how they could tap the potential of the dam from its present capacity of upto 20 MLD as also develop the areas around it as a tourist spot. Speaking to the media post his visit, Sandeep Naik said that paid gratitude to the Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal for accepting his request. He added that they are ready to take the dam on lease if complete hand over is not possible.
He added that it’s crucial to repair the dam and make it technically sound to make its water available for citizens of Digha and Airoli.
Sandeep Naik said that with the visit they have started the process of studying the feasibility of taking charge of the dam.
Bureau report – NMTV News.