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12-ft wall along drain to keep waste out of Yamuna

The Delhi government’s Irrigation and Flood Control Department is gearing up to do its own bit towards reducing pollution in the Yamuna.

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi |
March 4, 2009 12:32:27 am

The Delhi government’s Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) is gearing up to do its own bit towards reducing pollution in the Yamuna.

The Supplementary drain,one of the three major drains in the Capital,now has a 12-feet high concrete boundary wall being constructed along its 40-km route from Wazirabad to Mukarba Chowk. The drain route is also being beautified with plants and trees,department officials said.

“The idea behind the initiative is to stop people from throwing household garbage and other waste directly into the drain,which ultimately empties into the Yamuna,” Development minister Raj Kumar Chauhan told Newsline.

Officials said that the project was proposed in 2007,but got delayed due to administrative processes. Work on the project,estimated to be worth around Rs 9 crore,was finally started late last year. The embankments are being constructed of fly ash bricks for carbon credits.

“Environment-friendly fly ash bricks will be given a normal plaster to allow water to seep. Delhi residents have a habit of throwing garbage into drains. The initiative has helped reduce that to a great extent as the high wall discourages people from throwing garbage,” a senior IFCD official working on the project said.

While work on 20 km of the stretch is already over,officials said the rest of the stretch will be completed by March next year. “We have already finished constructing 20 km of the wall along the drain. The rest of the work is likely to be finished by early next year,” Chauhan said.

The IFCD has also been entrusted with the task of beautifying the passage of this drain with plants and trees. “It will make our city look greener in time for the Commonwealth Games,” Chauhan added.

The wall might have acted a deterrent to throwing garbage in the drain,but there is now a new problem. People have started piling up garbage on the road alongside the drain wall. And there isn’t much the officials can do.

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