New DelhiRisha Chitlangia
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will organize a 15-day event – from February 19 to March 6 – to showcase the rejuvenated Yamuna floodplains and “rekindle people’s connection with the river”.
Much of the 22 km stretch along the river has been redeveloped by the DDA as part of its riverbank redevelopment project. “The idea is to make sure that more people benefit from the redeveloped banks. Through this, we also plan to raise awareness of the importance of floodplain restoration and educate people about environmental issues,” an official said.
As part of the event, which is organized under the “Smart Cities Smart Urbanization” program as part of the Center’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, DDA will organize nature walks, bird watching, yoga , sand art and cycling, among others. The DDA will also organize a cleanliness campaign to remove waste from the floodplains.
The DDA has set up cycle paths in the floodplains as part of the redevelopment projects and a cycle rally will take place on the last day of the event. “The rally will cover significant structures of national significance in/around the floodplains such as Sur Ghat, Majnu ka Tila, Salim Garh Fort, Raj Ghat, Asita West, Indraprastha Park and Kalindi Aviral. We are finalizing the details of the event,” said a senior DDA official familiar with the development.
Large parts of the 54 km long Yamuna River have been inaccessible to Delhiites for decades, and industrial waste and untreated sewage dumped into the river have made matters worse. In 2017, the DDA began work to restore the Yamuna floodplains, following an order from the National Green Tribunal in 2015.