Games link road project faces eco hurdle

While the Barapullah elevated road project has received the Delhi government’s sanction,fresh trouble seems to be brewing on the ecological front.

Written by Ayesha Arvind | New Delhi | Published: March 26, 2009 11:21 pm

Construction residue choking Barapullah drain; no way,say civic agencies

While the Barapullah elevated road project has received the Delhi government’s sanction,fresh trouble seems to be brewing on the ecological front.

Environmentalists as well as the officials of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission now fear that construction residue,commonly known as malba,collected from the ongoing construction work on the link road,which would connect the Games Village and the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,will cause significant damage to the Barapullah drainage basin.

According to DUAC chairman K T Ravindran,the malba collected from all the Commonwealth construction sites in South Delhi is being dumped in the Barapullah drain. “The surface drains in all residential colonies along the Barapullah drain discharge their sewage in the Barapullah basin. With the ongoing construction work in the area,the malba collected is also being dumped there,leading the drain getting choked. This will eventually lead to flooding of the basin when the monsoons arrive,” he said.

Civic and private agencies handling Games projects,however,completely deny the above allegations. Era Infra Engineering Ltd,the agency handling work at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,maintains that the sub -contractors directly dealing with the work at the site are following all CPWD guidelines related to waste management.

“All ongoing projects,including the link road project,have been granted the required environmental sanctions. There remains no question of a controversy regarding flouting environmental rules,” Ranjan Mukherjee,Officer on Special Duty to the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor told Newsline. Mukherjee added that the Games plan also includes a solid waste management project to treat the malba collected from various construction sites. “Neither is solid waste being dumped into the Barapullah drain,nor has the DUAC brought any such matter to our notice. Solid waste collected from the Games sites will not be disposed but treated according to specific guidelines,” he said. Mukherjee added that the Municpal Corporation of Delhi has also been directed to maintain the nallah better after the construction work gets over.

Public Works Department (PWD) officials also maintain that the Games projects are duly following all guidelines under the contract. “We have ensured that the Barapullah drain does not get choked. The solid waste collected from the Games sites will further be treated at a solid waste management plant that is coming up as per the Games plan,” PWD project manager Sarvagya Srivastava said. “Once the construction work gets over,the drain will be cleaned and beautified,” said Srivastava,who is also incharge of the Barapullah project.

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