| New Delhi |October 26, 2020 5:04:49 am
100 acres of Rawta’s farmland is submerged for many of the yr. (Picture: Abhinav Saha)
The Delhi authorities is planning to revive Najafgarh lake and increase the town’s water provide by leasing farmers’ lands and constructing ponds to recharge the groundwater desk at Southwest Delhi’s Rawta village. The proposed venture is just like the one it’s endeavor at North Delhi’s Palla, the place a 25-acre pond, as much as a depth of 1.7 metres, was created on the Yamuna floodplains to recharge groundwater by overflow from the river.
About 100 acres of Rawta’s farmland near the Najafgarh drain, which officers mentioned represent the lake, is submerged for many a part of the yr by overflowing drain water. This has impacted farmers’ earnings and led them to stage protests, one even just lately searching for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s intervention.
The federal government has now proposed to take this land on lease from farmers for Rs 77,000 per acre, with an increment of seven% every year, and use it to revive the lake and in addition increase the town’s water provide by round 40 million gallons per day (MGD).
The proposal was made by Minister for Flood and Irrigation Satyendar Jain and Matiala MLA Gulab Singh at a gathering held on October 17 with farmers from the village, an official on the assembly advised . “Villagers couldn’t attain a consensus on the time. The venture will probably be taken ahead when residents give their approval,” the official mentioned.
Land for the venture at Palla was additionally taken on lease from farmers for a similar quantity provided to farmers in Rawta. Officers mentioned the venture might be expanded past 100 acres if farmers agree.
“The land at Palla is sandy and helps in higher groundwater recharge. At Rawta, as a result of there’s influx of handled and in addition probably untreated wastewater, together with flood water throughout monsoons, from the Badshahpur drain (in Gurgaon, which joins Najafgarh drain), there may be siltation and historic sludge on the floor. This creates stagnant circumstances which don’t assist in groundwater recharge. If the venture will get underway, the land will probably be desilted and historic waste eliminated,” an official mentioned.
Programs will even be put in place to enhance water high quality and cut back biochemical oxygen demand together with creation of recharge pits on the strains of the Palla venture, the official mentioned.
The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal had additionally directed Haryana and Delhi governments in September to create a joint surroundings administration plan for Najafgarh lake. An official on the October 17 assembly mentioned the venture proposed at Rawta will comply with the suggestions of an NGT technical committee, headed by environmental scientist and Delhi College professor C R Babu, for restoration of the lake.
Rawta residents mentioned discussions are underway. Birender Tokas, a resident, mentioned some farmers are apprehensive they could have problem leaving the lease settlement in the event that they determine to promote their land in future.
Deepak Yadav, a resident of close by Jhuljhuli village, mentioned the federal government ought to provide a better price: “If the federal government can provide Rs 1 lakh per acre to farmers for putting in photo voltaic panels on… their land (by non-public corporations below Mukhyamantri Kisan Aaye Badhotri Yojana), then water is a way more priceless factor.”
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