Use Yamuna riverbed land: Sreedharan
Metro man E Sreedharan on Wednesday suggested that the unproductive land of the Yamuna riverbed should be used to solve the Capital's land problems.
The Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) asked the capital's decision-makers to shed their reservations on the issue in terms of possible environmental implications and think positively on using the Yamuna's riverbed.
"We must narrow the river width so that the water flow could be ensured. This will release a lot of surplus land which could be made use for constructions as in many European countries," Sreedharan said addressing a conference on 'The Brand Delhi: what does it represent' organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
As a solution to the hazards created by sewage dumping in the river, he said the present sewage routes should be intercepted with a single, large line parallel to the river.
On suburban railway services, Sreedharan said since the present Railway set-up cannot handle them efficiently, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has to be formed to raise funds for the projects and implement and maintain them.
Delhi Chief Secretary S Reghunathan called for a campaign to make Capital the "most civilised, considerate and compassionate city" before the Commonwealth Games 2010 to be held in Delhi.
"We have to bring in a tremendous change in the behavioural pattern of Delhiites," Reghunathan said.
He added that the authorities are planning to give extensive training to identified groups in the city before the Commonwealth Games.