Delhi govt issued notice over lake's disappearance
Within a span of six years, the status of a prominent water body in the national capital has curiously changed from a "wet" and "clean lake" to "does not exist" in the revenue records of the Delhi Government.
This "status change" of the natural reservoir in Mayapuri has prompted the Delhi High Court to issue a notice to the state government and sought its reply on a petition filed by an NGO Tapas which alleged that the 18,000 sq mt area rich in aquifers is on the verge of the deathbed.
After owning the lake till 2003, the Public Works Department (PWD) of the Delhi government in an RTI reply in September last year denied the existence of the lake and said that the water body was never under its jurisdiction.
"Local MLA Karan Singh Tanwar has said that as per the land records received from SDM (Delhi Cantt) and Patwari of that area in July 2007, it is informed that this was not a water body," PWD said, a contention which is being challenged by Vinod Jain through his NGO Tapas in the court.
"This is in contrast to a development in 2003 when the common effluent treatment plant was being made near the Mayapuri lake. The department was asked to create another water body of the same size in Bawana for which the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) had given an affidavit," Jain said.
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Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.