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Yamuna development to change face of Delhi

Delhi might one day compete with the urban waterfront of London or Paris, provided Yamuna front project is carried out.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2006 10:59 IST

Delhi might one day compete with the urban waterfront of London or Paris, provided the development of the Yamuna river front is carried out according to an ambitious project drawn up by state-owned Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).

Only partial development of the Yamuna river front can potentially provide 7,000 acres of new recreation space for citizens of the national capital, besides meeting the annual water requirement of the city and its surrounding areas, HUDCO Chairman-cum-Managing Director PS Rana said.

Giving details of the Rs 80,000 crore mega project, which according to him has already got the government's nod, Rana said the idea was to create large water reservoirs upstream in the Yamuna and the Hindon rivers, one at the confluence of the two rivers and connect reservoirs with a canal for overflow of water. This will also prevent flooding in the low-lying areas.

Channelisation of the Yamuna and the Hindon is part of the project and the land reclaimed will be used for urban rejuvenation of Delhi.

Hotels, office complexes, urban entertainment centres, shopping malls and pedestrian plazas could come up in a big way, changing the city's face, he said.

Creation of water reservoirs in the form of lakes and construction of an express rail and road transport corridor are also envisaged in the project, he said.

If work is started on the project immediately, it could be completed by 2010 before the start of the Commonwealth Games, Rana said.

A Yamuna Development Corporation on the lines of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation could be formed with Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and the Centre being partners.

Delhi, being the national capital, could act as a conference and exhibition hub of the country and emerge as a waterfront destination for people to live, work, recreate and socialise in a tranquil ambience, he said.

The total length of the Yamuna in Delhi's municipal boundary is 50 km - 22 km in urban and 28 km in rural areas. The total length of the Hindon river, from Ghaziabad to the place of confluence with the Yamuna, is 44 km.

Referring to the acute water scarcity in the national capital, Rana said the project has the potential to meet Delhi's water needs from the reservoirs in the upstream of the two rivers.