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Delhi Govt unable to revive water bodies

The government expresses its inability to develop all water bodies spread across the capital.
None | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2007 02:39 PM IST

After making tall claims in Delhi High Court to revive the water bodies spread across the capital, Delhi Government has now expressed its inability to develop all of them.

"It is not possible to develop 105 water bodies due to various reasons. Of 476 water bodies, we can revive only 371," officials said.
Not only the government has shown its laxity to revive all the water bodies that once decorated the capital, it is yet to issue sanctions for carrying out their development.

"The required work is in progress in 165 and in the remaining water bodies, sanctions are still to be issued," they said, adding most of the water bodies exist in Southwest (206) and Northwest districts (177).

Annoyed at the slow pace of work, Delhi Chief Secretary R Narayana Swami has pulled up the officials in a meeting recently, directing them to chalk out a concrete action plan and time frame.

The minutes of the meeting that will form the part of the affidavit will be submitted in the court by the Delhi Government in a case filed by an NGO, Tapas, relating to the revival of water bodies in the capital. The next hearing in the case is on Wednesday.

Though, the DDA has assured that water bodies under its jurisdiction in the Capital will be gushing with life within next three months, the claims seem to be unrealistic considering illegal encroachment and negligent have already claimed forty water bodies.

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