Activist, NGOs and local residents got together and visited the newly revived water bodies in Sec-20 and Sec-23 in Dwarka. Rajender Singh planted tree saplings at both the water bodies. In address to residents, he shared his experiences and urged DDA to expedite the work, and complete it so that not a drop of rainwater goes waste into Najafgarh drain. He said that the residents of Dwarka would suffer from water borne diseasies if water bodies are not revived. The quality of ground water would continue to deteriorate and the future generation would suffer badly.
The residents together presented a memorandum addressed to Chief Engineer, DDA ( Dwarka). The memorandum lists the grievances and demands.
MEMORANDUM TO CHIEF ENGINNEER, DDA (DWK) ON REVIVAL OF WATER BODIES
Its been more than two years since the struggle started by residents to revive the water bodies in Dwarka. The enormity of issue is well known to all and especially you, as you are heading the development of this sub city. It’s a water scarce colony, amid repeated failures by administration to supply water.
With this crisis in hand, the residents took this initiative to revive the local water bodies. Our partnership with scientists, led us to some research work, that estimated that approx 3 MGD of water can be additionally generated for Dwarka, on a regular, non-invasive basis. That would improve the water table as well as the ground water quality.
This is not to say that we do not acknowledge the work done. 10-20% of storm water is going from TD-II to water body in Sec-20. A sizeable amount of work has been done on creating water carrying channels and feeder channels for the two water bodies in Sec-24.
There are 40 water bodies in Dwarka. When we met Hon’le Vice-Chairman, Shri Balwinder Kumar on 10 June, 2014, we were assured that work on at least 9 water bodies shall be completed before monsoons. But, its sad that not even one water body can boast of completed works till date. At the present going rate of 1 water body in two years, its easy to calculate that it shall take 80 years to revive the 40 water bodies.
Shri Balwinder Kumarji was also very keen to set natural waste water treatment plants, so that water bodies stay full through out the year with treated water. We are hoping something will be started soon.
1. Diverting water from TD-II to water body in Sec-20.
2. Diverting water form TD-II to water body in Sec-23.
3. Completing the work on channels in Sec-24, Dhul Siras for the two water bodies.
4. Linking the village storm water exit to the water body in Sec-25 , Bhartal.
5. Deepening and improving capacity of the water bodies: Except for the water body, located behind Cremation Ground in Dhul Siras, no other water bodies we have worked on till now has sufficient capacity.
6. Demarcation of woodland area around all the water bodies in Dwarka. This also needs to be done immediately as sapling plantation can only be done before monsoons end.
7. Mapping the water availability in the catchment area. Entire rainfall must be taken into account and also water that comes from upstream i.e outside Dwarka, airport etc.
Deputing all Ex Ens to identify storm water movements in areas under their jurisdiction, so that, during the lean season, works can be executed for diversion. We have requested this earlier as well, but no progress as yet. At this rate, we will lose another year.
8. Cleaning of storm water drains. Most of them have malba/ silt inside them.
9. Linking storm water drains with the water body.
10. Identifying sites and process filework for creating more water bodies, so that entire storm water is tapped.
11. All concerned DDA officials must have working E mail Ids for communication. And, it should be mandatory for them to rep within 24 hours of working day. A social media group with all officials and active residents must be created for regular feedback and interaction.
Residents of Dwarka
Waterman of India, Ramon Magasaysay Awardee