From rowing to wrestling: Delhi gov’s Rs 200 crore riverfront plan

Announcing the project, which is estimated to cost Rs 200 crore, Water and Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra said it entails no concrete structures and will be built using bamboo and wood.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2016 6:41 pm
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will unveil the project blueprint on November 1, said Kapil Mishra

A MEDICINAL garden, a nakshatra vatika, rowing and canoeing facilities and a modern wrestling ring (akhada) are part of the Delhi government’s Riverfront Development Plan that will stretch over 5 km on the banks of the Yamuna upstream from Wazirabad.

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Announcing the project, which is estimated to cost Rs 200 crore, Water and Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra said it entails no concrete structures and will be built using bamboo and wood. The project will be financed by the Delhi government and executed by its department of tourism.

“The nakshatra vatika will be themed on Hindu mythology which has 27 nakshatras (galaxies) and nine grahas (planets). There will be plants associated with each of them and there will also be a tulsi garden. This will be a religious and spiritual experience for visitors,” said Mishra.

While the land continues to be vested with the Centre-controlled Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB) horticulture department has taken over it to carry out the development work, said the minister.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will unveil the blueprint of the project during the annual Yamuna aarti, which will be held on the occasion of Bhai Dooj on November 1, the minister said.

The Yamuna aarti, which was held at Geeta Ghat last year, will be held at Sonia Vihar as the work on development of Geeta Ghat has already started, said the minister. He added that about 10,000 people are expected to attend the Yamuna aarti this Diwali.

The Riverfront Development Plan will be executed in three phases, the first of which is expected to be completed in six months, said Mishra.

“We will develop rowing and canoeing facilities of international standards and we hope to hold the first rowing and canoeing event in the next six to seven months. This facility can be used to hold national and international tournaments.”

The Delhi government has also partnered with the Centre for the 22-km Yamuna Turnaround Plan. “The financial understanding over who will pool in how much is yet to be finalised. It’s a two-year plan that should be rolled out in the next two to three months,” said the minister.

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  1. A
    Oct 26, 2016 at 5:43 am
    Donot forget whose blood runs in his veins.Wont be surprised Haters start calling him BJP followers after all his mother in BJP and still parents lives with him
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      Ashok Mazumdar
      Oct 26, 2016 at 4:01 am
      Lagyee Raho Munna;br/gt;Kuch to Kar Rahe Ho.
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        Niladrinath Mohanty
        Oct 26, 2016 at 3:26 am
        Nakhsatras are constellations and not galaxies.
        1. K
          Oct 26, 2016 at 8:32 am
          Ashok...Implementation is a mammoth task, especially in this case.
          1. K
            Oct 26, 2016 at 8:29 am
            Suresh.. Plan not planning which is important.
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              Suresh Shukla
              Oct 26, 2016 at 4:47 am
              By the way, any comments on the actual news ?? Is it good or bad??? Would love to hear a Bhakt providing a reason why this plan of AAP govt is bad and anti-national.
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              Suresh Shukla
              Oct 26, 2016 at 3:57 am
              No comments by any bhakts yet????lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The comments section would have been full if this plan was announced by Modi;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But seriously, central government should ensure that Delhi government can't make such plans. Kapil Mishra should be arrested right now, charges can be decided later.
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