Posted on October 17, 2022
Lieutenant governor VK Saxena on Saturday instructed Delhi Development Authority officials to clean the banks of Bhalswa lake within a week in view of Chhath Puja celebrations. The LG also asked the agencies concerned to complete the rejuvenation of the lake by December this year.
Located in north-west Delhi, the lake was originally spread over 59 hectares but shrunk to just 34 ha due to the deposition of silt and garbage. Officials said that DDA had handed over the waterbody to Delhi Jal Board for its restoration and rejuvenation in May 2019, but little work was done for its improvement.
“The LG expressed his deep disappointment at the sordid and pathetic state of maintenance and upkeep of the lake by DJB, the designated agency in-charge for its rejuvenation. He has directed DDA to immediately undertake the cleaning of the banks of the lake in preparation for the upcoming Chhath festival and instructed all stakeholder agencies to start work on the complete restoration and rejuvenation of the lake in a mission mode,” said an official.
DDA has been asked to clean the periphery of the lake within a week and build a boundary wall segregating the waterbody from the adjoining Bhalswa Dairy on the western periphery within a month.
Dismayed at the visible islands of silt, sludge, dung and garbage encroaching the lake, the LG also directed for dredging and their removal by December.
Officials said another critical aspect of rejuvenation and restoration of the lake was construction of a precast RCC drain and pipeline for segregating the waste from the dairy and carrying the sewerage to the supplementary drain across the lake.
“The construction of the same was awarded by DJB in January 2022 with a completion period of four months, but it has yet to be completed. The LG has given a deadline of December to complete it,” said another official.
The municipal corporation has started a project in Narela for biomethanation of cow dung collected from Bhalswa Dairy and the LG directed the officials to complete it at the earliest.