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Gurgaon: Badshahpur drain will not be the same again, to be transformed into eco-friendly zone

In its new green avatar, the Badshahpur drain area will comprise cycle tracks, walkways, a small lake, an amphitheatre and other eco-friendly features

gurgaon Updated: Jul 08, 2017 23:26 IST
Abhishek Behl
The Badshahpur drain will be transformed into a green avenue by the Huda.
The Badshahpur drain will be transformed into a green avenue by the Huda.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The 28-km Badshahpur drain, which till date has been the bane of Gurgaon causing pollution and waterlogging across the city is set to be transformed into a green avenue comprising cycle tracks, walkways, a small lake, an amphitheatre and other eco-friendly features that is tipped to change the way the city looks at its current source of sorrow during the monsoon.

The Haryana urban development authority (Huda), Gurgaon, which has almost finalised the makeover plan of Badshahpur drain, will collaborate with developers, residents’ bodies, village panchayats and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to turn this huge stretch clogged with garbage, sewage and construction waste into an ecosystem.

“The plan is in its final stage and will be approved soon. The project will be based on the public-private partnership model. A number of developers and local bodies have also on come on board to make this happen. The MCG will help in setting up treatment plants near villages and developers, too, can contribute in many ways,” Yashpal Yadav, Huda administrator, said.

According to the plan chalked out by the Huda, a feasibility study would be conducted at Ghata bund to recreate a small lake which can regulate and streamline the flow of rainwater from the Aravallis into the drains. While the water in the lake will help recharge the city’s depleting groundwater, the lake front would be used to create a recreation zone featuring restaurants and an arena for hosting events.

While a part of the project will be funded by the Huda, additional incentives in the form of additional FAR or low rise commercial development rights would be offered to willing developers in a bid to lure them to contribute funds to the project.

The Huda will also set up Gurgaon’s first artisan village on the lines of Delhi Haat to promote art, culture and ethnic art.

To ensure that the water flowing into the drain is clean and usable, two large sewage treatment plants would be set up near Ghata village. “These plants will recycle sewage water, so that it can be used locally. Several smaller plants will also be set up in the village to ensure no untreated water is released into the Badshahpur drain,” Yadav said, adding that the thrust of the entire project is on recycling and reusing sewage water.

As per the blueprint of the project drawn up by the Huda, all petrol pump owners along the Badshahpur drain will be asked to alter the designs of the fuel stations to free up space for the makeover work and ensure compliance with eco-zone standards. All overhead high tension cables would be shifted underground.

In the stretch along the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), between Grand Hyatt on the Gurgaon Expressway and Vatika, the thrust would be on developing cycling tracks to enable smooth movement of traffic. “The focus will also be on increasing greenery on this stretch,” Yadav said.

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The project also aims at creating micro-food joints along the stretch and micro planning (a community-based process for preparing a road map for development) at Ghata, Fazilpur and Behrampur.

The entire stretch would also be made accessible at night with requisite security deployment and infrastructure. There would be adequate lighting, fenced entry and exit, cameras for security and presence of security guards to ensure safety of visitors.

“This is an ambitious project, but we hope that public private partnership and contribution of individuals will enable us to transform this drain,” Yadav said.