South Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to develop three 'Jal Shakti Parks' in Dwarka area. SDMC has identified three locations to be developed as Jal Shakti Parks-Jahaz Wala Park in Bagdola Village Sector 8 Dwarka, pond near Gokul Garden Sector 7 Dwarka (Palam) and pond at Jonapur (Kholi Talab Park Bheem Basti).
According to Mukesh Surya, SDMC Mayor, the aim behind the development of these parks is to collect surface runoff rainwater and to increase the level of groundwater. These small size ponds are old village waterbodies (johad) that have been revived in order to function as recharging pits for groundwater aquifers. The SDMC plans to develop parks around these water bodies. The SDMC plans to set up swings for children, create gazebo huts and lay down walking tracks. To increase the green cover area, trees and plants will also be planted at these parks.
Mayor said that in order to ensure water conservation, the SDMC had installed 20 Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) with a capacity of 50 kiloliters of water per day at 16 locations in all four zones. The Civic Agency has incurred a total of Rs 7 crore for setting up these STPs. Water bodies have been revived at 5 of these places. With the help of these STPs, water supply is being ensured for trees and plants inside the parks. With this, a total of 1,000 kilo litres of untreated water is being treated every day and is being used at SDMC parks for irrigation purposes. He said that the emphasis is to set up more and more STPs so irrigation of parks could be ensured and further it could help in closing down tubewells at parks which draw underground water.