DDA study to assess water demand in land pooling areas in Delhi

In the first phase of the survey, DDA is assessing water demand in 16 priority sectors, and the report is likely to be ready by early next year
Bawana in outer Delhi is one of the land pooling areas which will be studied by the DDA. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Bawana in outer Delhi is one of the land pooling areas which will be studied by the DDA. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 12:11 AM IST
Copy Link
ByRisha Chitlangia, New Delhi

A study by the city’s land-owning agency is assessing the increase in water demand due to the implementation of the land pooling policy, under which around 1.7 million new dwelling units will be constructed in the Capital’s urban extension areas, officials aware of the matter said on Sunday.

In the first phase of the survey, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is assessing water demand in 16 priority sectors, and the report is likely to be ready by early next year.

“We roped in an agency last year in November to assess how much additional water will be required once new developments come up. We will share the report with the Delhi Jal Board,” said a DDA official.

The land pooling policy, which was notified twice (in 2013 and 2018), will be implemented in 110 urbanised villages on the outskirts of the city. Under the policy, village residents will pool-in their vacant land to facilitate planned development of the area. DDA has divided the entire land pooling area into 109 sectors, each of between 250 and 350 hectares.

The national capital gets close to 935 million gallons daily (mgd) of regular supply, while the estimated demand is 1,236 MGD.

The 16 priority sectors are in villages in north and north-west Delhi, including Pooth Kurd, Bawana, Daryapur Kalan, Nangal Thakran, Bazidpur Thakran, Akbarpurmazra, Tigipur, Mohammadpur Ramjanpur, Mukhmalpur, Jindpur, Gadi Khasro, Kadipur, Neelwal and Hiran Kudna.

Explaining the assessment process, a senior DDA official said, “We are finding out the existing water requirement in the sector, locating the water bodies, looking at the groundwater levels etc. An assessment about increase in water demand will be done based on the available developable land in a particular sector and also the existing built up areas such as unauthorised colonies, slums, villages falling in the sector.”

The firm doing the assessment will prepare a water master plan for each sector.

“Sites for underground reservoirs will be identified, revival of water bodies, rainwater harvesting provisions, reuse of treated sewer water etc will be proposed. Each sector will be developed in such a way that there is zero discharge of waste water,” said the official.

DDA officials said that the exercise has been undertaken in a bid to avoid a situation like in Dwarka, where it took over a decade to provide regular water supply. In 2018, the DDA decided to reduce the floor-area-ratio (FAR) for residential areas from 400 to 200 citing scarcity of water.

Environment expert Diwan Singh questioned the need to develop new urban extensions when the city doesn’t have any new source of getting additional water. “It is good that they are doing an assessment. But the bigger picture is that there has been no increase in Delhi’s water supply for years and there is no source of getting additional water. Even if we harvest rainwater at a large scale, it does not even meet one-fourth of the total requirement,” he said.

He added, “We should learn from the past experience of Dwarka where it took over a decade to provide regular water supply. No new development should be allowed till arrangement has been made for water. A zero-discharge sector is a hogwash, as we don’t have any successful model.”

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Professor Nilofar Khan, who has 30 years of teaching experience, is likely to take over as the vice-chancellor of Kashmir University on Saturday. (ANI)

    Prof Nilofar Khan appointed as first woman V-C of Kashmir University

    Professor Nilofar Khan, who has 30 years of teaching experience, has been appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of the University of Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. The order of appointment was issued by Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha in his capacity of being the chancellor of the university. She will be replacing Professor Talat Ahmad, who completed his second tenure as the V-C of the university which began in August 2018.

  • To tackle the threat posed by UAVs, the security agencies will deploy anti-drone teams along the routes and base camps in Jammu. (HT file photo)

    Amarnath Yatra going to be litmus test for J&K govt

    Given the spike in terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and threats issued by various terror outfits, the upcoming annual Amarnath Yatra starting June 30 to the cave shrine at 13,000ft in south Kashmir is going to be a litmus test for the government. One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimages in India, the yatra is resuming after two years.

  • Jammu divisional commissioner Ramesh Kumar hands over the appointment letter and ex gratia amount to a family member of slain government employee Rahul Bhat in Jammu. (HT Photo)

    J&K: Rahul Bhat’s wife gets appointment letter, 5-lakh ex gratia

    Jammu divisional commissioner Ramesh Kumar along with additional director general of police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh, handed over an appointment letter and ex gratia to the family of Rahul Bhat, a migrant Kashmiri Pandit government employee who was gunned down in the Valley recently. A financial assistance of 5 lakh was also handed over to the family. Jammu deputy commissioner Avny Lavasa had also accompanied Kumar.

  • JKLF chief Yasin Malik was convicted by a Delhi court in a terror funding case on Thursday. (PTI file photo)

    Yasin Malik’s conviction: Wheels of justice finally started rolling, says late IAF officer’s wife

    Following the conviction of banned JKLF chief Yasin Malik by a Delhi court in a terror funding case on Thursday, wife of late Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna, Shalini Khanna, said she was confident of getting justice for Yasin Malik. “Bad deeds lead to bad outcomes,” said the 70-year-old, while demanding Malik be sent to the gallows. Squadron leader Khanna was shot 27 times with an AK assault rifle.

  • The arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba militants and a terror associate in the J&K Police custody on Thursday. (Photo: Baramulla police/Twitter)

    Five Lashkar men held for Baramulla grenade attack

    The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have solved the Baramulla grenade attack case on a liquor shop with the arrest of four Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists and a terror associate. The police identified the four militants as Shahid Showkat Bala, Safeer Ahmad Mir, Moh Maroof Saleh and Faisal Shaban Gojri, all residents of Baramulla while their associate Hatif Ahmad Sofi was from Arampora.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, May 20, 2022