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On govt table: Plan to turn 12-km drain into recreation spot

South Delhi Greenway project proposes to convert a 12.5 km stormwater drain into a green pathway and recreational area.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published: May 28, 2014 12:53:02 am

The Delhi government is looking at reviving the South Delhi Greenway project, which proposes to convert a 12.5-km stormwater drain from Said-ul-Ajaib to Barapullah into a green pathway and recreational area with waste water treatment facilities.

The project was originally supposed to have been executed before the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Three government agencies — the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) — had worked out the Rs 500-crore plan jointly. But it was later abandoned after it ran into bureaucratic hurdles.

“The project has now been handed over to the Public Works Department (PWD), which will supervise its implementation. Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung will be given a presentation of the project soon,” an official said.

Stormwater drains in the capital have essentially become sewage carriers, clogged further by construction debris.

“Under the project, the stormwater drain from Said-ul-Ajaib to Barapullah will be desilted and given bacterological treatment. Ponds will be created, and walkways and cycling tracks developed,” the official said.

PWD officials have reportedly already visited the area. “The initial plan is to take up a 4-km stretch from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to Sarai Kale Khan near the Barapullah elevated road and another 4 km of Kushak Nallah near the INA Market,” the official said.

The greenway will be lined with food courts and recreational facilities. “Five of the seven ancient cities of Delhi are likely to be connected by the greenway trail. Various historic sites like the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Qutub Complex, Satpulla, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb, Lodhi Tomb, Old Fort, Tughlakabad Fort, etc., will become more accessible and form part of an extensive greenway heritage trail,” the official said.

The project could be executed through a public-private partnership. “Some stretches of the stormwater drain have been covered and will remain that way,” the official said.

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