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Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta has said the government is now trying to find scientific ways for reviving a water body in Patparganj,East Delhi,after being asked by the Delhi High Court to do so.
I have ordered Environment Department as well as Irrigation and Flood Control Department officials to suggest ways of reviving it, Mehta said.
Mehta said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA),which sold the area spread over two acres adjacent to the famous Sanjay Lake for the establishment of a yoga centre way back in 1980s,has also been asked to reply on the matter.
In revenue records,this area is categorised as johad or water body but the DDA changed its land use to institutional.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice K P Shah and Justice Sanjeev Khanna had asked Mehta to find ways to develop the said water body,which has now been completely covered with mud,in a hearing last month in the case. The case will come up for hearing on March 10.
The DDA had acquired the land along with the johad and later leased it to Bapu Nature Cure Hospital and Yoga Ashram in 1988, Mehta,who heads a committee for preservation of waterbodies in the city,said.