Giving a ray of hope to the drying wetlands in Dhirpur in Northwest Delhi,a green panel has asked the DDA to rework its Rs 1578-crore mega residential complex plan to ensure survival of the waterbodies.
The State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) at a recent meeting has refused to give nod to the plan for construction of 33,116 housing units till the ecological concerns are met by the premier housing agency.
The panel members held that the project would lead to a high density of human population in the area which would hamper the ecological functions of a series of wetlands located in the area.
Based on a survey conducted by it a few days ago,the SEAC observations put a question mark on the views of the Delhi government which has been maintaining that as per the Revenue Department,Dhirpur (marshland) was never a water body.
In fact,according to an affidavit submitted in February 2002 by S K Trivedi,Deputy Commissioner of MCD,Dhirpur had four water bodies in the Alipur block owned by the DDA,measuring 50,000 sq m,10,000 sq m,10,000 sq m and 2,000 sq m.
To come up in 853436 sq m area,the DDA’s proposed residential complex will have parking facilities for 11,353 vehicles with water requirement to be met by Delhi Jal Board (DJB) from Wazirabad Barrage.
The project proponent (DDA) estimated 4547 kilo litres of wastewater to be generated per day would be discharged to the nearest STP of DJB through the sewage pumping station nearby the project site.
Instead of rainwater harvesting pit for groundwater recharge,the DDA has proposed to create an artificial water body to direct/divert all rain water to be used for greenbelt development.