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Asola Bhati Mines to have 04 artificial waterfalls and 10 floating fountains by October-end

Date: 
Sunday, October 16, 2022

• Asola Bhati Mines to have 04 artificial waterfalls and 10 floating fountains by October-end

• Lt. Governor Shri VK Saxena inspected the trial of the waterfalls and floating fountains in Neeli Jheel; instructed to develop public amenities 

• Waterfalls will cause aeration of the lake water and support the growth of aquatic flora and fauna

By October-end, Delhiites will have a unique and a delightful experience of waterfalls in the green lungs of the city, which they would have never imagined. The sprawling Neeli Jheel in the heart of the Asola Bhati Mines, will have four artificial waterfalls and at least 10 floating fountains, offering a new experience altogether for the Delhi residents. With these waterfalls, the Neeli Jheel, which was almost unapproachable and little-known to the people of Delhi, will become a sought-after destination for Delhi residents and nature lovers.

The waterfalls and the fountains, ideated by the Lt. Governor, Shri V.K. Saxena during his previous visits to Asola Bhati Mines, are being developed by the Territorial Army in coordination with the Department of Environment and Forest. This is in keeping with the Shri Saxena’s commitment to develop Asola Bhati Mines into Delhi’ eco-tourism hotspot. Shri Saxena today visited Neeli Jheel and inspected the trial run of the waterfall and the floating fountain that is going on successfully for the last one week. 

Chief Secretary, Delhi, CEO, Delhi Jal Board, Secretary, Environment, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and other senior officials of the concerned departments accompanied the LG during the visit.

These waterfalls at Neeli Jheel will come after Baansera, Asita East, world class nurseries at Roshanara Bagh and Khoja Wala Bagh and Anang Tal restoration of Anangtal Baoli in Sanjay Van – that are being developed as public recreational spaces in nature for the people of Delhi. The nursery developed at Roshanara Bagh will be inaugurated in the first week of November. These projects aim at providing breathable public green space to the people besides the aesthetic upgrade of the city. 

The waterfalls have been created by pumping up the water from the lake to the approx. 100 feet high rocky ledges from where the water plunges back into the lake. The waterfall simulated at four different ledges/cliffs not only provide beautiful scenic views but will also support greater saturation of dissolved oxygen and facilitate growth of flora and fauna in the stagnant water body.

The Neeli Jheel has water round the year and its source is a mix of ground water and the rain water collected from the nearby areas. This year, on the instructions of the LG, a huge quantity of rainwater was diverted from the neighbouring areas to the Asola Bhati Mines. As a result, the water level in Neeli Jheel has also increased by at least 3 meters as compared to the past years. 

The four sites for the waterfalls have been carefully selected as they have no sediments but they are hard rocky patches that have surfaced after erosion of the sediments over the last 3 decades since the mining activities were banned in the Bhati Mines. The waterfalls are located at a distance of approx. 5 km inside the Asola Bhati Mines from Maidangarhi entrance.

During the visit, the LG directed officials to create safe viewpoints for the visitors in the surroundings of the Neeli Jheel that would provide a clear view of the waterfalls. He also directed to refurbish an existing structure belonging to the Forest Department at the site that provides a bird’s-eye view of the Neeli Jheel. For the convenience of the visitors, the LG directed the officials to make arrangements for a cafeteria and public toilets using all eco-friendly material so as to avoid any harm to the environment. He has instructed officials to strictly ensure that no plastic is allowed inside the forest area.

Shri Saxena also directed to deploy e-vehicles/electric feeder buses for the visitors coming to the Neeli Jheel. During the trial, the water from the lake is being pumped using a 7.5 HP pump that are being operated using a noiseless generator. However, the LG has directed to completely switch to solar power for operation of the pumps.  

Notably, this is the fourth visit of the LG to Asola Bhati Mines, the first being on 31.05.2022, just five days after assuming the office. On 12.06.2022, LG visited the Sanctuary along with Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia. On 24.07.2022, the LG planted a record 1 lakh saplings in the Asoal Bhati Mines forest area under the Van Mahotsav. 

 

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