The Lt Governor, Shri VK Saxena today chaired a meeting along with Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Dy Chief Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia, Chief Secretary and top officials of concerned Departments to review various issues water recharge, conservation, augmentation, drainage and plans for retention of water through sink-holes/pits at various locations like parks, road side and other sites in preparedness for the forthcoming monsoons. It may be recalled that in a meeting last week the LG and CM had directed officials to come up with a concrete and time-bound plan of action in this regard.
In separate presentations made by the Delhi Jal Board, Irrigation & Flood Control Department, PWD, NDMC and DDA projections and plans for water retention and conservation aimed at the dual purpose of raising the City’s water level as also ridding it of the problem of waterlogging were presented.
Thereafter, the following decisions were taken and directions issued to concerned departments for their speedy implementation, preferably before the onset of rains in areas where water table was below 10 meters under the ground;
1. Recharge pits at about 800 locations owned by different agencies identified by the DJB to be operationalized. While, agencies and departments like MCD and PWD would undertake the work themselves, DJB would do the work for the others.
2. Dysfunctional/abandoned and sealed tube-wells owned by various agencies to be converted into water recharging and retention pits.
3. About 700 identified water bodies to be dredged and deepened to a depth of at least 2 meter and their catchment area to be made encroachment free by the Irrigation & Flood Control Department.
4. The possibility of digging water sink holes in storm water drains at regular distances, which did not carry sewer mixed water to be explored within a fortnight.
5. A long term strategy based on geological and hydrological survey of the ground, to address these issues will be evolved wherein a common design using modern technology could be utilized for creation of such sink holes for utilization next year onwards.
The Lt. Governor also took an update on the instructions issued in the last meeting about dredging, removal of hyacinth and plantation along the embankment of the Najafgarh drain. It was informed that while arrangements for using boats with motorized cutters for shredding of hyacinth had been put in place, JCB machines with roter machines will be utilized to loosen hardened soil and the desired depth of 4 meters will be achieved in the Najafgarh drain. Work on the 17 KM stretch between Dhansa and Chhawla will be started within this week and plantation will start with the onset of monsoon.