NMCG asks DDA to expedite “Asita”, its Yamuna River Front Development Project

The Director-General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra inspected the Yamuna River Front Development (RFD) project being implemented by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) today and asked officials to expedite the work.

 

Yamuna RFD project aims to restore, revive and rejuvenate the river’s floodplains and make them accessible to the people of Delhi. River Front “walks”, a major component of the project will enable people to develop a relationship with river Yamuna.

A special focus of the project is on reviving the river’s biodiversity in the National Capital.

About Asita:

Asita, also known as Yamuna River Front Development (RFD) project, aims to restore, revive and rejuvenate the river’s floodplains and make them accessible to the people of Delhi. “Asita” is another name of river Yamuna.

A special focus of the project is on reviving the river’s biodiversity in the National Capital.

River Front “walks”, a major component of the project will enable people to develop a relationship with river Yamuna.

The project envisages creating a green buffer area approx. 300mts wide along the river edge with species of riverine ecology. Besides, a wide belt of 150mts along the peripheral roads will be developed as greenways for public amenities that will include a continuous trail of pathways and cycle tracks.

To revive the ecosystem of the floodplains, wetlands will be created to store the flood waters and also to improve the groundwater recharge which will eventually result in the flourishing of biodiversity in the floodplains.

An environmentally conscious approach for integration of the river into the urban fabric of the city has been adopted. A people-friendly bio-diversity zone will be created for people to interact freely with the river’s eco-system.

The Yamuna was declared a dead river. The dissolved oxygen level, which is crucial to life in the water, is negligible. The river usually flows with heavy toxic foam on its surface and often parts of the river actually catch fire. Ostensibly, in the last 22 years, over Rs. 2,000 crores has been spent on the clean-up of the Yamuna.

Yamuna River:

The Yamuna is the tributary of river Ganga. It originates from the Yamunotri Glacier at a height of 6,387 meters on the southwestern slopes of Banderpooch peaks in the uppermost region of the Lower Himalayas in Uttarakhand. It merges with the Ganges at Triveni Sangam, Allahabad, the site for the Kumbha Mela.

 

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