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Wait over, Naini Lake in North Delhi to finally get a facelift

delhi Updated: Apr 02, 2016 00:06 IST
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Naini Lake

The Delhi government will soon launch a much-awaited revamp of Naini Lake in Model Town in North Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

The Delhi government will soon launch a much-awaited revamp of Naini Lake in Model Town in North Delhi.

North Delhi Municipal Corporation mayor Ravindra Gupta on Friday met Delhi government’s tourism minister Kapil Mishra and discussed rejuvenation plans of Naini Lake that has been pending for close to a year now.

Sources in the government later said that during the meeting it was decided that Delhi Tourism will work to rejuvenate Naini Lake for boating and other such activities.

Last year, the Delhi government had decided to beautify the lake in a natural manner and revive it ecologically. The plan did not, however, take off instantly as the lake comes under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s purview but was being maintained by the Delhi tourism department.

The roadblock in terms of agreement between the two bodies was finally cleared on Friday, both the corporation and government officials said.

Behind the final agreement is a long campaign for the ecological rejuvenation of Naini Lake, and 600 other water bodies in the city.

Residents of Model Town had got together and formed a pressure group that raised awareness and also organised street plays and signature campaigns for the revamp plan to be implemented.

The plan of ecological rejuvenation was developed by ecologist CR Babu. It included introducing specific plants, insects and animals in the lake to clean it and increase the biodiversity. It also forbid concretisation and restricted water sports.