Delhi, the concrete jungle, is no stranger to man-made as well as natural water bodies. They are often points of interests for tourists, travellers and city explorers. Over the past few years, many of them have been left unchecked, which has led to the pathetic state that they are in now. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has recognized this and is now aiming to breathe new life into a total of 12 water bodies in the city, including South Delhi's Satpula Lake. One of the major goals of this project is also to clean out the Yamuna River.
What's the update?
For a long time, water bodies in Delhi have been lying unattended. This has led to a huge downfall in the number of tourists who visit the place. With the help of the renovation project, these lakes will once again become abodes of life amidst many skyscrapers.
The lakes that DJB will rejuvenate are situated all over the city. These are Mungeshpur, Nangal Thakran, Punjab Khore, Dera Mandi, Dhichaunkalan, Burari, Kamalpur Majra in Burari and Satpula Lake in South Delhi.
Apart from that, DJB have also recognized the dismal state of the Yamuna river, which is indeed in an abysmally poor condition. They aim to clean up the entire river once the flood alerts are removed.
How will the water bodies be brought back to life?
The authorities at DJB have done the necessary research as well as reconnaissance of the various water bodies. They plan to make use of rain water to their advantage and and recharge ground water levels. Apart from that, treated water will be sent to these lakes from various parts of the city.
As for cleaning out the Yamuna, that will be done with the help of oxidation ponds and massive waste water treatment plants. This is one of the longest running projects by the DJB but this time, they aim to finish it once and for all.
Some major hurdles
Since the ground water levels have gone down to an alarming levels, DJB could face some real problem in the redemption of the lakes. So, the aim is to combat this with the help of rain water harvesting but as of now, the infrastructure has not been set up.
Another issue is that of the rapid urbanization. With the coming up of so many buildings and skyscrapers in Delhi, it becomes rather difficult to recharge ground water.
With the help of new water bodies in Delhi, nature can once again thrive in the national capital. In fact, for all those times you wanted a nice getaway from city life, you could now head on to these lakes and experience nature without going far from the city.