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Delhi Cabinet gives nod to ambitious water conservation project

S.K.Vyas
July 02, 2019 11:07 PM

NEW DELHI:  The Delhi cabinet, in its meeting on Tuesday, chaired by the Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal approved the ambitious project for water conservation in the River Yamuna floodplains.

Announcing the cabinet decision, the Chief Minister said: “We regularly keep reading and seeing that the world is heading towards serious water crisis. We keep getting reports about water shortage in different parts of the country also. About Delhi we keep reading that the water table is depleting fast. Keeping all this in mind, the Delhi government has cleared an ambitious project for water conservation in the Yamuna Floodplains and it has been approved by the Cabinet today. We want to end the r shortage in Delhi”.        

The Chief Minister said the Delhi government intends to initiate the ground water recharging this Monsoon itself, given the time constraint this time this work will be on an experimental basis.

The advantage of the experimental basis initiation this Monsoon will be that the government will have a firm basis to proceed on the full project next year, since it will have a better idea through the pilot this Monsoon.   

“The result of the pilot will help us form a clear idea about the success of this project, though the report of the project consultant and IIT Delhi indicate that this project will be a big success, since the The man has a vast floodplain and has a big potential for water conservation and through this project,we can solve the water shortage of Delhi,” the Chief Minister said.   

Water will be conserved in stretches from Palla till Wazirabad on a completely eco-friendly basis and no construction or use of cement will be involved and regular flow of Yamuna will not be touched at all.  

Small-small ponds will be made and when the na overflows during Monsoon, then the overflowing water will fill these ponds. Water will then percolate down and it will spread leading to an increase in the water table of these areas.   

Explaining the concept, Shri Kejriwal said: “The good thing in Delhi is the flow of water from Yamuna slope is towards the city and not the other way round, therefore conservation of rainwater is possible. Had the slope been towards the na, then the rainwater would have flown towards the river. The project consultant has also indicated the sites where conservation is possible”.

After the Cabinet decision, the Delhi the rnment will require the concurrence of some Central government agencies, about which the Union Jal Shakti Minister  Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was informed in the recent meeting with him.

The Centre appears positive about this project and the Delhi government has requested that given the fact the Monsoon is approaching the concurrences to expedited.

Also, the land belongs to farmers and the Delhi government will use this land on rent. To negotiate with the farmers, the Delhi government has formed a five-member committee of officers and asked them to give their report by Monday.       

The Chief Minister said the government will only dig ponds since the Yamuna Floodplain is a very big natural reservoir and does not require any construction at all of any kind.   

RAINWATER HARVESTING

The Chief Minister also announced that the Cabinet has directed rainwater-harvesting to be made mandatory for all government buildings.

Heads of Departments have been directed to ensure that all buildings have rainwater harvesting systems installed and those buildings which already have these systems, those should be cleaned and made ready to use before Monsoon rains hit Delhi.

 

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