The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is in the process of analysing 25-year-old data on delineation of floodplains along the Yamuna. The department is planning to identify areas that fall in the flood route and are considering either regularising or demolishing the structures in such areas.
The department has sought data from the Irrigation department and will detail a map on the flood routes which will be submitted to the Environment Ministry. The Ministry will consider either demolishing or regularising the structures and make recommendations to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) accordingly.
The DDA prepared an agenda after the NGT in March directed the department to clean up the river and stop the dumping of construction material and debris into the river.
Officials said there are several constructions that are being carried out along the flood routes — at Kalindi Kunj, Akshardham and Sarita Vihar. “There unauthorised constructions need to be either regularised or demolished. If these are regularised, alternate arrangements will have to be made to direct the flood water,” a senior DDA official said.
Additionally, with the DDA having identified agricultural activity along the plains as a contributing factor to pollution in the river, it will crack down on all agricultural activity and will ensure that floriculture, sericulture and horticulture are encouraged along the banks.
The DDA is also considering allowing organic farming since agriculture is a source of livelihood for many.
“To encourage organic farming, the department will engage agencies registered with the Agriculture department to carry out inspections every month and take required action,” an official said. He said over the past two months, the department has already cleared the debris along the banks, as instructed by the NGT.
The DDA has also received received 17 offers from agencies to install units along the banks to recycle puja material. The DDA will install 100 CCTV cameras, two control rooms and quick reaction teams to control dumping of waste and debris.
On Tuesday, DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar headed a meeting of a panel constituted with representatives of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, UP Irrigation department and the East Municipal Corporation to discuss the Hindon Canal pollution issue.
This too was done on the orders of the NGT to contain water pollution. Sources said the departments have suggested installing wire mesh along the banks to prevent passersby from dumping waste material into the canal.