The Noida authority on Thursday said that it has decided to replicate Gujarat’s Sabarmati riverfront development model to rejuvenate the 27-km stretch of the Hindon river that falls in its jurisdiction.
The authority came up with the rejuvenation proposal to save the 400-km river which is dying a slow death because of the sewage dumped in it in the six districts through which it flows.
The Hindon merges with the Yamuna in Sector 150, after flowing between Noida and Greater Noida.
A seven-member team of the Noida authority, led by deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) Saumya Srivastav, returned from Gujarat on Wednesday night after studying the Sabarmati riverfront development model.
“I was aware of the Sabarmati riverfront development project. So I dispatched a team that will now prepare a blueprint of Hindon riverfront development project. We want to do our bit to rejuvenate the 27 km stretch of Hindon that falls in our territory. It will also help in cleaning the Yamuna,” said Rama Raman, chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of the Noida authority.
Chief town planner S C Gaur said that the Sabarmati riverfront is around 11 km long and divides Ahmedabad into two parts. Similarly, Hindon separates Noida and Greater Noida, he said.
The authority is also planning to rope in Bimal Patel, the man who was behind the development of the Sabarmati riverfront.
“Following the Sabarmati model, we aim to develop big parks, dense forests, yoga centres, real estate areas and walkways and other facilities along the Hindon,” said Raman.
Two motorable roads will also be built along the river to address the traffic congestion issue.
According to the team, 45 sewage carrying drains merge in the Sabarmati. But with sewage treatment plants (STPs) installed at the two ends of the 11-km riverfront, sewage flows through a piped network and is treated properly.
“We also aim to tap all our Noida and Greater Noida drains so that we can treat the waste water and then dump it in the Hindon for rejuvenation. We are roping in a consultant who will study the floodplains of the Hindon and prepare the zones for park, forests, walkway and property development space etc,” said a member of the team.
A sum of Rs. 900 crore was spent on the Sabarmati project, which was started in 1997 and completed in 2005.
“We are yet to prepare an estimate of our project,” said Raman.