400 year old Roshanara Bagh to be restored to its past glory – LG
Saturday, June 18, 2022
• 400 year old Roshanara Bagh to be restored to its past glory – LG
• With restored lake, nursery, walk-ways and landscaped greens Roshanara Bagh will be the pride of North Delhi at par with Lodhi Garden and Nehru Park – works to be completed by October end
The Lt. Governor, Shri V.K. Saxena, today visited the historic 400 year old Roshanara Bagh under MCD in North Delhi and ordered officials to develop a world-class nursery of rare and exotic plants and flowers amongst others, on an indentified 8.5 acre piece of land within the next three months. He instructed for works to be started for the same today itself by removing the dead foliage, debris and C&D waste. This nursery will, apart from providing about 3 lakh plants and saplings annually for plantation across the city, also provide the people of Delhi with the same at nominal prices.
Starting the works of rejuvenating a silt and wild undergrowth filled dead lake spread over 3.8 acres today in the complex, the LG directed officials to put in all efforts to restore the lake to its past glory. Shri Saxena directed officials to dredge and clean it to a depth of at least 4 meters and ensure that it develops as a natural water body that not only evolves as a place of visitors attraction, but also develops as an eco-system that sustains varied flora and fauna with a fully restored existing island in the lake.
Underlining that rain water in itself will not be sufficient to fill the lake, the Lt. Governor issued instructions to ensure that water from the neighbouring areas prone to flooding, water logging and overflow – like Roshanara Road, Kamla Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Malkaganj and Andha Mughal that fell in the catchment, be channelized into the lake through dedicated channels and pipelines. The soil being de-silted from the bed of lake is getting used to build a four meter high bund around the lake. The LG asked for the embankment thus created to be secured and paved by utilizing the C&D waste dumped at the Bhalaswa landfill site. While this would help reduce the burden on the landfill site on one hand, it will also ensure that the soil on the bund does not flow back into the lake. These works he underlined should be completed within a month.
On a walk through this large space, the LG gave on-site instructions to officials to aesthetically restore, revamp and redevelop the greens spread over 57 acres of Roshanara Bagh into an ecologically rich and landscaped garden and bring it at par with the Lodhi Garden or the Nehru Park.
Describing the hitherto neglected Roashanara Bagh situated in the middle of Katras, by-lanes and overcrowded concretized areas like Sabzi Mandi, Ghantaghar, Shakti Nagar, Kamla Nagar and Malkaganj etc. as an asset, Shri Saxena ordered that walkways be developed, trees be pruned and shaped, scientific plantation in congruence with the soil and climate and landscaping be ensured, so that the expanse comes up as a visitor’s site of choice for not only the people of the neighbouring areas but the entire city. The redeveloped gardens should be replete with eco-friendly public utilities, eateries and recreational spaces.
The entire revamp, redevelopment and rejuvenation work of the Roshanara Bagh complex should be completed by the end of October this year, Shri Saxena emphasized.
The LG who has been stressing on urgently addressing the environmental concerns of the Capital, reiterated that he will ensure that every dead water body, park and green stretch and garden etc. is reclaimed, revamped and rejuvenated in line with his commitment of making Delhi a City of gardens and flowers. Those present included Special Officer, MCD, Commissioner, MCD and Head of the Engineering and Horticulture Department of MCD amongst others.