Waterway needs to be revived

Urban commission finds high level of sewage

The Najafgarh waterway is now a neglected stretch with high level of sewage. There is a need to carry out several redevelopment plans to revive the waterway, points out a study by the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC).

Even though Najafgarh attracts a high number of migratory birds and is also home to several mammals which depend on natural water to sustain themselves, the Najafgarh drain is the largest sewage-carrying drain here, according to a study by TERI.

The commission has come up with design proposals for an 11-km trail of the waterway which can help promote activities at the site. This waterway starts from Vikaspuri and ends at Mundka in west Delhi.

There is a need to install decentralised waste water treatment systems at various points to treat the polluted water. This system converts sewage water from surrounding areas to freshwater which is suitable for irrigation and for recharging of water bodies. The nodal points where the system can be introduced have been identified by the DUAC. With pollution-free water body, several activities can be promoted around the area.

DUAC has also proposed better preservation of a heritage point like the Hast Minar. Currently, the premises of this heritage spot is being used as a dumpyard. The structure located near Uttam Nagar is weak and wears a look of neglect.

The top of the Hast Minar has also been found to be in bad condition, according to an assessment. The heritage site has also been encroached with houses located in close proximity to it.

Now, the commission has proposed a monumental park around the monument. It can include an open green space and an art gallery depicting the history of the site, the study says.

The revamping proposals include creating a continuous pedestrian trail along the connecting edges of the waterway. “E-rickshaws can also be introduced for people to go from one edge of Najafgarh waterway to the other. If the waterbody is revived, water taxis can also be introduced. A site can be specified for designated water taxi-stands in the spill out spaces,” said a DUAC official.

Some possible activities which can come up around the greenway are cycle tracks and walkways which will also help reduce the current vehicular movement. Some particular sites can have restaurants, shops food kiosks for visitors, points out the study.

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