In what could be the precursor of the cleaning and segregation of the river Yamuna, the Delhi government has decided that a nine feet wall would be constructed on both sides of the Najafgarh drain along with its supplementary drain.
This drain, along with the Shahdara drain contributes more that 60 per cent of the untreated sewage which falls in the Yamuna, making it one of the dirtiest river in the country.
“The 9 feet wall will be constructed on both sides of the 57 km long drain and 34 km supplementary drain. This would cost Rs 19 crores,” said Environment and Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan.
The minister said the prime objective for constructing the wall is to prevent people from throwing building material, used tyres and other non bio degradable waste in the drain which ultimately reaches the river. Such waste also blocks the drain and makes it desilting difficult.
Talking to Reporters, Chauhan said fly ash and clay bricks would be used in the construction of the walls. He said four big digging machines and 11 small silting machines would be bought for the project. These machines would be used for removing the silt and ensure free flow of water to the Sewage Treatment Plant, wherever available.
Asked if there was any plan to segregate the river Yamuna like the Najafgarh drain, Chauhan said various models were being worked out for the cleaning and beautification of the river. “Cleaning of the Yamuna is a priority and is being dealt at the highest level,” he added.
The Minister said proposals for the construction of aesthetically good looking walls have already been called. “We would go for the best design so that it serves the twin purposes of aesthetics and utility,” Chauhan said. Wherever the drains have bridges, they would be covered with iron grills as has been done at the bridges on Yamuna.