Delhi: In the bid to rejuvenate and beautify major drains flowing into the Yamuna, the Delhi Govt will soon begin beautification and desilting of the Najafgarh drain. It will also get the water from the drain treated to reduce the pollution level in Yamuna.
As a part of the crucial project, Najafgarh Drain will be cleaned, beautified, and will be converted into a clean water channel. This will play a major role in cleaning the Yamuna which is one of the primary targets of the Delhi Government.
In this regard, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia held a review meeting with the senior officials and technical team of the Dredging Corporation of India on June 9, 2022. The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary Irrigation and Flood Control Department Ashish Kundra.
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The specialists from the Dredging Corporation of India inspected the Najafgarh drain on June 9, 2022. The team of specialists will now do the data analysis and send its recommendations to the Delhi Government within a week. Thereafter, the work of desilting of Najafgarh Drain as well as the removal of water weeds from the drain will be done in various phases.
It is to be noted that Najafgarh drain is originally a natural tributary of Yamuna river called Sahibi River. It was basically a rain-fed river that originated in Rajastan (Jaipur District) and travels through Haryana to end up in the river Yamuna in Delhi. Over the years unbridled dumping of untreated sewage water has turned it into the biggest polluter of river Yamuna.
A few years back, the personnel of Chhawla BSF camp went to Najafgarh drain to do Kayaking, and during that, they faced many problems. The contaminated toxic water of the drain caused many health issues and became a serious concern for them and for those who lived nearby.
It is to be noted that the drain originates from Najafgarh Lake and joins the Yamuna river in Wazirabad while traveling through the Southwest, West, and North Districts. It is also one of the biggest drains in the capital that gets discharged in the Yamuna.