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L-G reviews plan to turn Barapullah drain into parkway

The project was to be implemented by DDA before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but is yet to take off.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 12, 2014 2:48:27 am

The South Delhi greenway project which aims to transform nearly 900 acres of land along the Barapullah drain into a connected parkway and heritage trail network was reviewed by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday.

He suggested that Delhi Development Authority implement the project through a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) comprising representatives of various agencies.

The project envisages the cleaning up of Barapullah drain — which originates near Said-ul-ajaib near Mehrauli and end at the confluence of the Yamuna near the Barapullah bridge — while providing heritage trail and an eco-mobility corridor. The project was to be implemented by DDA before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but is yet to take off.

The project will include cleaning of the nallah and providing safe and secure recreational space to citizens.  “Decentralised biological treatment facility all along the drain is the central idea of the eco-restoration project…,” the official said.

Development this project will provide a heritage trail connecting five of the seven ancient cities of Delhi. “Several monuments like Humayun’s Tomb, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Qutub Complex, Safdarjung Tomb, Lodhi Tomb and Old Fort shall become more accessible,” the official said.

Approximately 900 acres of land would be opened up for walking and cycling while creating  free cycling highways in the city.

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