Several officials of the Delhi government on Monday expressed apprehension over replicating Gujarat’s Sabarmati riverfront project in Delhi in totality.
The observation was made during a presentation put together by Delhi government officials who had gone to Gujarat earlier this month to study the Sabarmati riverfront project and explore the possibilities of replicating it in the capital to clean up the Yamuna.
“During the presentation, the differences between Sabarmati riverfront project and Yamuna riverfront were discussed. Sabarmati project gets replenished by the Narmada river. The problem is that the water flowing into the Sabarmati is being released through a 10.5-km artificial canal with water diverted from Narmada river canal. But, in the capital, there is no other source of water which can be released into the Yamuna. We will obviously implement some aspects of the Sabarmati riverfront project, but it will need further examination,” an official of the Public Works Department (PWD) said.
According to Delhi government officials, the Lt-Governor’s office is looking to setting up a committee to analyse what aspects of the Sabarmati project can be implemented in the capital.
“One person will be made in-charge of the committee, while other officials who went to Ahmedabad, will be made part of it,” an official said.
During the presentation, other issues pertaining to Yamuna were discussed. “Along the Sabarmati, there are sewage treatment plants set up to prevent sewerage from entering the river. That is not the case with the Yamuna. Sewerage from 18 drains are emptied into the river. The solutions for reviving the Yamuna, therefore, need to be different,” the official said.
Meanwhile, a Delhi Police team that had gone to Gujarat to study Surat’s surveillance system, made a presentation to the L-G, explaining how the Surat model could be assimilated into Delhi’s CCTV network.
Dariba Kalan in North Delhi and Greater Kailash-I in the south have been earmarked for the pilot project, which will be undertaken as a public-private-partnership project. Since both the areas are business hubs, a Business Area Watch Scheme to monitor unscrupulous activity in these market areas is also in the pipeline.
“An SOP has been drawn up already to ensure uniformity in implementation,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajen Bhagat said.
The police team explained how more sophisticated equipment will be installed in the city, in keeping with the Surat model. A control room will be set up with a stronger workforce to conduct round-the-clock monitoring of the CCTV footage. The inputs will be wired to all police stations.
If the project is successful in the two areas, it will be implement in other parts of the city, police officers said.