The Delhi authorities is making one final effort to salvage the water our bodies which have gone extinct over time on account of large-scale encroachment and negligence. There are 1,043 water our bodies within the capital which have been allotted distinctive identification numbers. 1014 of them have been mapped on the GIS platform.
The Wetland Authority of Delhi, constituted in 2019, is now making fast strides to inform at the least 20 of them below Wetland (Conservation and Administration) Guidelines, 2017, by January subsequent yr, based on officers. These embrace Sanjay Lake, Hauz Khas Lake, Bhalswa Lake, Tikri Khurd Lake, Welcome Jheel, Daryapur Kalan, and Sardar Sarovar Lake.
As soon as notified, the water our bodies will likely be protected in opposition to encroachments, dumping of rubbish, discharge of untreated wastewater and effluent from industries, and establishing and growth of industries and many others.
In March, the Wetland Authority of Delhi had acquired a request from land-owning businesses to delete 258 “extinct” water our bodies from the official listing of 1043 wetlands within the capital as private and non-private utilities have come up of their place.
In keeping with officers, non-public buildings have come up rather than 62 water our bodies, 52 at the moment are getting used to offer public companies, 37 are untraceable, 14 have been encroached upon by instructional institutes, 11 have been become parks and leisure centres, 6 are getting used for business companies and unauthorised colonies have come up on 5. A technical committee is now reviewing the request for the deletion of water our bodies from the official listing, they stated.
At a gathering held on March 28, the panel proposed to conduct a survey to determine the “stage of degradation” of those water our bodies and put together a ‘Crimson Doc’ — which is able to embrace these that can not be saved — and a ‘Inexperienced Doc’ itemizing those which will be reclaimed and restored. The water our bodies that can not be revived will likely be deleted from the listing.
“Discipline groups have been constituted for floor truthing. These will acquire essential data such because the historic unfold of those water our bodies, their capability, how they went extinct, who was accountable, what has come up of their place, and many others.,” a member of the technical committee stated on situation of anonymity.
One of many groups has already surveyed a cluster of eight to 9 extinct water our bodies in north Delhi district. The method goes to take a while, one other member of the panel stated. He stated the panel will attempt to compensate for the lack of water our bodies by asking the encroachers, be it a non-public particular person, a authorities company or an academic establishment, to offer alternate land for the event of wetlands.
“The aim is to discourage additional encroachment of wetlands in Delhi. These accountable must be penalised,” a panel member stated. “We will even attempt to take away the encroachment wherever possible. If a construction has come up on part of a wetland, we are going to attempt to take away it. It might be our final try to salvage a few of the extinct wetlands,” he stated.