A new lease of life for the Yamuna river is likely to change the water scenario of the national capital. A pilot project for storing overflowing water from the Yamuna in its floodplains, has received a final approval with clearance from the National Green Tribunal (NGT). According to a report, this project, headed by the state irrigation and flood control department, involves creation of a mega reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad, comprising some small ponds. Farmers willing to lease land for this project would be paid a sum of Rs 77,000 per acre on a yearly basis.
A statement from the Chief Minister’s office claimed the project has cleared the way for Delhi to serve as a role model for the rest of the country on water conservation and recharging groundwater.The statement said the project is set to begin due to the efforts of Delhi Chief Minister Aravind Kejriwal, who had met every authority to get the project cleared. All the approvals were received within 45 days, including the clearance from the Upper Yamuna River Board, the Central Ground Water Board as well as the Central Water Commission.