MDDA submits proposal to resettle families living along Rispana
The chief secretary also asked the irrigation department to ensure that no untreated waste from drains enters the river.dehradun Updated: Feb 15, 2018 22:07 IST
The Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) has submitted a proposal to resettle 2,360 families living along the banks of Ripsana river.
The proposal was submitted during a meeting chaired by Uttarakhand chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh to discuss plans to revive the river. It was also decided that MDDA and the Dehradun district administration will chalk out plans to curb future encroachments on the river.
Apart from this, the state forest department and the Eco Task Force will carry out a massive tree plantation drive between Landour and Shikhar Falls to strengthen the river’s source with green cover.
The meeting also discussed the report prepared in 2014 by the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Roorkee, on the issue of reviving Rispana and Bindal rivers. The chief secretary has asked the irrigation department to consider allowing NIH to conduct a year-long study to understand the river’s hydrology in a cyclic manner. In the meantime, only such interventions will be carried out which are not irreversible in nature.
Abhijay Negi, chairperson of Making a Difference by Being the Difference (MAD), a student organisation that has been campaigning for the river’s revival, said, “It was a constructive meeting and all departments have come up with their detailed plans. We are hopeful that the work to rejuvenate the river will commence soon.”
Meanwhile, the district administration has submitted a micro plan for the river’s revival after conducting an
on-ground survey. Under the plan, the river has been divided into 15 sectors and authorities concerned in the sectors will be entrusted with the revival task.
The chief secretary also asked the irrigation department to ensure that no untreated waste from drains enters the river.
All departments concerned presented their proposed course of action in the meeting, along with the budget proposals that will be approved after due deliberations.
In January, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a ‘kill waste’ machine for rejuvenation of the river that flows through Dehradun. The device is a fuel free solid waste disposer. It’s a low cost and eco-friendly machine.
Besides this, the Uttarakhand Science Education Research Centre is also working on a 3D modelling of the river.