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Forget lake revival, even planned park is a dream

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has, disregarding the court directives to revive a water body, converted it into a colony park. Now, the civic body has dug up a neat row of pits inside east Delhi’s Dr Hedgewar Park for planting trees.

delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2010 00:21 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has, disregarding the court directives to revive a water body, converted it into a colony park. Now, the civic body has dug up a neat row of pits inside east Delhi’s Dr Hedgewar Park for planting trees.

The park was once a nine-acre wide Mandavali lake in the Mandavali Fazalpur area.

The lake is one of the 629 water bodies identified by the Delhi High Court for revival after NGO Tapas filed a writ petition. The MCD, over the years, has done nothing to revive the lake.

Sources in the civic body claimed that the MCD has given up hope for reviving the water body. One of them said, “The catchment area of the lake is now covered by buildings. From where will the water come into the lake? So we have thought of greenery to compensate the water body.”

“The pits are being readied for tree plantation, which will take place soon,” said a source.

The civic body already runs a primary school on the north-east corner of the land. A majority of the remaining area has been turned into a park complete with installed slides and fountains. With the help of JCB machine, 50-odd pits have been dug in a grid-pattern in the southern half of the park.

Cutting across the middle of the lake/park from east to west is a wired fence, which the MCD feels will “save the trees planted from destruction by rowdy children.”

However, Vinod Jain of Tapas said, “Court directions are very clear. If the records show it is a water body, it’s use cannot be altered irrespective of the size, location and present status. The MCD has to revive it.”

Deep Mathur, MCD’s Director (Press and Information) said, “We are not going to plant trees on the insides but on the periphery.”