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Scientists search for water on Aravali hills

delhi Updated: Mar 31, 2011 02:37 IST
Prabhu Razdan
Prabhu Razdan
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Top officers of Faridabad district administration including the deputy commissioner are on ‘mission search water’ on the Aravali hills.

The officers including scientists from the Central Ground Water Board visited the Aravali hills towards the Bhadkal area a few days back to study the measures for the revival of the Bhadkal Lake and also to find reasons behind the abrupt

drying of the lake a few years ago. The lake had dried up in 2005-06.

“We walked on foot in the Aravali hills area and tried to understand as to what could be done to restore water in Bhadkal Lake,” Deputy commissioner Praveen Kumar said, adding, “We found many natural springs at different places on the hills.”

The scientists who are doing research on the Aravali hills are of the view that they found many ‘fractures’ on the hills which cause wastage of the natural water from the crystal clear springs and other sources.

“We need to identify such fractures, which according to scientists contribute in wastage of natural water in the form of monsoon water and water coming from natural springs in the hills,” Kumar told HT, adding, “It is due to these fractures that the water does not reach the Bhadkal Lake.”

“We are identifying the fractures on the Aravali hills close to Bhadkal Lake and will suggest remedial measures so that water is preserved,” said a scientist from the Central Ground Water Board, requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“The actual work on the water preservation issue will start from April,” said Anita Yadav, additional deputy commissioner, Faridabad. She also was accompanying the team of scientists and the deputy commissioner to the Aravali hills.

“The water conservation will be taken up at war footing from April 1, when the new financial year begins. We are even in the process of surveying borewells and installation of meters on them,” Yadav said, adding, “even schoolchildren are being involved in the water conservation campaigns from April.”

Until a few years back, Bhadkal Lake used to be a place of great tourist attraction. The lush green forests, its crystal clear water and the serene beauty used to be a place for enjoyment for the people of Delhi-NCR. The lake has dried up completely for the last five years and it has turned into a playground for the local children.

“We are on the job to revive it,” Praveen Kumar assured, adding, “Setting up of overturned dams at places where fractures are found is one of the options for restoration of water.”

“We are even taking help of some professors of Jawaharlal Nehru University in the matter,” Kumar said.