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Gurgaon: Huda pins hope on Khandsa drain expansion, Najafgarh drain de-silting to rid city of waterlogging

The two projects are tipped to reduce Gurgaon’s waterlogging woes to a significant extent

gurgaon Updated: Jul 08, 2017 23:31 IST
Abhishek Behl
Abhishek Behl
hindustan times
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The khandsa drain expansion project has been held up by a displacement issue.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE PHOTO)

Despite several steps taken to concretise and expand its width, the Badshahpur drain has remained a perennial problem for Gurgaon over the last two decades. The sewage and tons of waste not only impedes its flow, but also drives pollution worries of residents nearby.

According to authorities, encroachments on both sides, bad planning, lack of resources and political will are to blame for the problems that have been plaguing this drain for so long.

The Haryana urban development authority (Huda) has now pinned its hopes of putting an end to waterlogging on the expansion of the Khandsa drain and desilting of Najafgarh drain.

Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav admits issues such as discharge of sewage water from villages, dumping of waste in the drain and inability to recycle sewage will remain major challenges, but the proposed transformation of the drain’s catchment area will go some way to resolving these issues.

Badshahpur nullah is a natural body and the most important drain as far as release of storm water from Gurgaon is concerned. The drain starts from Ghata irrigation dam and runs along the extended Golf Course Road till Vatika Chowk near Badshahpur. Till this point, it is officially called the Khost nullah, and from that point on it is called Badshahpur drain. It runs along the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), Hero Honda Chowk, Khandsa industrial area and Gadoli Khurd before merging with Najafgarh drain.

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“The process of acquiring land at Khandsa for the drain expansion project is almost complete. Once the drain is made wider, its capacity will increase manifold. Silting in parts of Najafgarh drain slows the discharge of water, causing waterlogging. This issue has also been taken up with Delhi government,” Yadav said, adding that the twin projects, once complete, will resolve the issues centering around Badshahpur drain to a great extent.

The Huda will also team up with the Municial Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and the Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) to ensure that the water discharged into Badshahpur drain by villages and industrial units could be recycled.

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 23:31 IST