Did you know that the popular Kukrail Nullah is actually a 28-kilometre long tributary of the Gomti river?
The area around Kukrail Nullah in Lucknow is all set to be developed on the lines of the Gomti Riverfront. Interestingly, the popular 'Kukrail Nullah' is actually a 28-kilometre long tributary of the Gomti river. Originating near Niwajpur Dasauli village, this water stream terminates in Gomti near the Fun Republic Mall. This development project will not only bring back the lost glory of this stream but will also add another hang-out spot in the city.
Over the course of the last 50 years, this tributary has lost its sheen due to the 17 large drains, that have been releasing waste here. Notably, the administration is gearing up to infuse new life into this dilapidated stream and give this spot a facelift through this redevelopment project.
Natural sources of Kukrail stream to be developed soon
Under this project, all the drains that release their water in Kukrail stream at present will be diverted to sewage treatment plant for purification. The purified water will then be released into the Gomti river. As for the Kukrail stream, clear water will be brought from Sharda Canal while natural sources of the stream will also be developed on the side.
According to the Urban Development Minister, all the drains releasing their water in Kukrail stream will be closed in the first phase of this project. In the second phase, a grand riverfront will be developed on both banks which will add to the natural beauty of this stream. Along with green parks, gorgeous picnic spots will be developed on both the banks as well.
Jal Nigam to tap & treat the water at Bharwara STP
Notably, all the 17 drains currently falling in Kukrail will be tapped and treated at the Bharwara Sewage Treatment Plant by Jal Nigam. Out of the 17 drains, 9 on the Cis Gomti side will be connected to 5.71 kilometres long pipe of 700 to 1200 mm diameter to the STP at Bharwara. The other 8 drains from the Trans Gomti area will be taken to Bharwara by a 4.67-kilometre pipe of 700 mm to 900 mm diameter.
Project to be concluded by August 2023
Moreover, 3-meter deep silt has been deposited in Kukrail, suggest reports. The Lucknow Municipal Corporation has been given the responsibility of removing the silt from this drain. Reportedly, a total of ₹6 crores have been set aside by the administration for the silt removal work.
Meanwhile, sewage treatment plants are being constructed at various places across Lucknow as well. Under the ambit of this initiative, a sewage treatment plant of 120 MLD capacity is currently under construction near the Women Powerline intersection. Reportedly, with an estimated budget of ₹297.38 crores, the work of this STP is 44% complete as of now.
While this long-awaited redevelopment project has faced a delay in its initiation due to certain unavoidable circumstances the officials have been directed to work on the fast track. According to the officials, this project is scheduled to conclude by August 2023.