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Soon, a nodal agency to take care of Capital's water bodies

The Capital is set to get a water bodies authority, a nodal agency to take care of the more than 600 small and large water bodies currently under different government agencies.

delhi Updated: May 24, 2011 23:27 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

The Capital is set to get a water bodies authority, a nodal agency to take care of the more than 600 small and large water bodies currently under different government agencies.

Delhi Development Authority (DDA), public works department (PWD), the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) are few of the main agencies that are supposed to care for the water bodies.

The Delhi government is contemplating a water body authority for the Capital that would act as a coordinator for all agencies involved. "This would be formed on the lines of the Lake Authority in Karnataka," said an official from the environment department.

The government is contemplating this as a logical progression of the steering committee formed as part of the ongoing case in the Delhi high court about Delhi's water bodies.

After a long drawn court process amid lack of clarity over the exact number of water bodies followed by an exhaustive survey, the government had agreed there are 629 water bodies in Delhi. Earlier this year, the Delhi government had acceded that as many as 232 water bodies of the total 629 water bodies identified by various government agencies cannot be revived for different reasons.

The water body authority will work for revival of water bodies, also ensure there is no encroachment in surrounding areas and increase green cover around it. The Delhi Parks and Garden Society would be monitoring the progress for the same. The government can bring either a government order or even a bill for the formation of the authority, the official said.

Keshav Chandra, who has recently taken additional charge of the environment department, said, "The authority would not just take care of the removal of encroachment or greening of the surrounding area but also ensure the water quality improves in the water body."

"We plan to use biological treatment to improve water quality and have already identified a technology developed by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)," he said.