GhaziabadThe district administration on Wednesday held a function to mark the revival and beautification of a major pond in Dasna. Efforts to revive the pond came after a direction by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), in response to a petition, to revive water bodies in the district and free them of encroachments.Parts of the 0.9-hectare pond beautified had been encroached upon and the administration removed the encroachments as part of the project.“The pond was freed and revived. For its beautification, we also constructed pathways, benches, lights and a lotus pond near it. The pond is now revived and will be naturally recharged by the Ganga canal nearby. The inlets will also be cleaned so that flow of water is not hampered,” said Prem Ranjan Singh, joint magistrate and nodal officer for revival of ponds.During a small function at the spot on Wednesday, Ghaziabad MP General (retired) VK Singh inaugurated the revival project. Ghaziabad district magistrate Ministhy S was also present at the function.“The administration is taking up the work for beautification and revival of ponds in places where it is easy to get the work done at the earliest. Nearly 100 ponds have been identified for this purpose,” said the MP.According to officials, Ghaziabad development authority (GDA), UP Jal Nigam, irrigation department, UP Avas Vikas, the forest department and the minor irrigation department have been allotted nearly 100 ponds in different areas for revival.Read more: Ghaziabad officials attempt to revive ponds, to act against land mafiaAt present, the three tehsils of Ghaziabad, Modi Nagar and Loni have 881 ponds measuring a total of 434.08 hectares. Of these, nearly 180 ponds, having a total area of 39.98 hectares, are encroached upon. Anti-encroachment drives for these ponds are also being carried out.The administration started work on freeing up the ponds and water bodies due to falling groundwater levels and following directions of the NGT in response to a petition filed by Ghaziabad resident Sushil Raghav.