The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is planning to revive a pond in Sukhrali village by developing it into a lake and building a park around it. If the proposal gets a nod, the pond near Iffco Chowk will become a tourist spot.
“After consultation with private firm Intech, we have submitted an estimate of R50 lakh to the commissioner to develop the water body as a lake. It will not only recharge storm water, but also act as a tourist spot,” MCG councillor Anoop Singh said.
As per the proposal, walls will be built around the pond to prevent it from being encroached upon. “We have to build a concrete wall around the area, including the pond, to avoid encroachment. There will be inlets for water to seep in so that the walls do not obstruct the natural flow,” said MCG executive engineer Rajesh Bansal.
However, environmentalists rue that the concrete boundary walls enclosing the water bodies will obstruct the flow of water and adversely affect the already depleting water table of Gurgaon.
“The inlets in the boundary wall will not be able to bring in water with the force that is required to fill the water body. A concrete wall will affect the discharge of water directly into the stream. Take the wall in Jharsa village for instance. It has blocked water flow to the pond and affected the recharge,” said Vivek Khamboj, president, NGO Hariyali.
He said that instead of walls, natural hedges and wires can be used to prevent encroachment.