Delhi gets relief as plan to store flood water in Yamuna flood plains cleared

Delhi gets relief as plan to store flood water in Yamuna flood plains cleared

Agency News

New Delhi, Jul 25 : The ambitious plan of Delhi Government aimed at the storage of flood water in the Yamuna flood plains has got all the nods required for going ahead with the pilot project.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Court gave its go ahead to the project on Thursday, thus paving the way for the pilot project. This has cleared the way for Delhi to serve as a role model for the rest of the country on water conservation and ground water recharge.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said,''I am so happy to inform all Delhiites that finally all approvals have been obtained from NGT n Centre for our water conservation project in Yamuna Floodplains. Thank u Centre n NGT. Pilot project will start soon.''

The important project aims at conserving water in the Yamuna floodplains and creating a mega reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad to deal with the water shortage in Delhi, particularly during the summer months.

The project envisages creation of small ponds in the floodplains which will catch water from an overflowing Yamuna during the monsoon season.

The Chief Minister personally met each and every authority to get the project cleared step-wise at all levels. The massive project, which could change the water scenario of Delhi, got all the clearances in a short span of 45-days. It has been possible only because of the constant monitoring and pursuance of the Chief Minister that several important clearances were received at such a fast pace.

The timely approvals of the Centre also came in as a shot in the arm and helped in giving ample time to do the groundwork for the project. Mr Kejriwal personally thanked the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for the quick approvals by the Centre for the project. He also thanked him for the full cooperation Delhi received from Centre for the pilot project.

The pilot project will prove to be a game-changer not only for Delhi but for the whole country which is facing huge water crisis in different parts. (UNI)