With in-principle approval from Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna, the redevelopment project of the Rajghat power plant is finally on fast track. Senior officials of the Delhi Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) they would start the work as soon as the DDA changes the land use of one of the longest serving power generation units in the Capital.
The decision was taken in a meeting at the LG office a few days ago in which the DSIIDC had made a presentation on the “adaptive reuse” of the 71-acre land along the Yamuna.
Senior officials said the site that produced 135 MW electricity would soon be converted into a hi-tech government office complex. The historic features of the buildings that have outlived their original function would be retained while others would be redeveloped.
“The 26-acre of Rajghat Power plant complex and five-acre of Himadri complex would be redeveloped for government offices. The 16-acre area of ash pond would be converted into a green area with a water body. While a DTC bus parking has already come up on 14-acre land of ash pond, another bus parking for buses under the cluster scheme would be developed on the remaining 10 acres,” a senior DSIIDC official said.
One of the interesting features of the project would be efficient and ecofriendly traffic in the complex. The DSIIDC is exploring the possibility of using existing railway line for the movement of traffic through railway coaches between the complexes.
It has also proposed electric buses, cycle tracks and elevated traveller inside the complex. The organisation has also proposed to develop an urban forest and a water body close to the historic Salimgarh Fort and convert it into a tourist spot.
“The project is likely to cost about Rs 600 crore. But it will be a self-financing project. We intend to sell off the power plant equipment and rent out the new office complex,” said another senior official.