With the intention to revive ponds and take away encroachments round them, the Municipal Company of Gurgaon has undertaken a month-long train to map such water our bodies within the metropolis. In response to authorities data, of the 160 ponds in Gurgaon district, solely 15 might be revived.
Numerous ponds and lakes had been levelled within the wake of enormous scale urbanisation, exhibits authorities knowledge. It has additionally been discovered that just about 40 high-rises have been constructed on websites that had been as soon as water our bodies.
“An train to determine all of the sorts of water our bodies is on and shortly we can draw up a map. Due to urbanisation, land data of a lot of water our bodies had been altered,” mentioned senior city planner, MCG, Sudhir Chauhan.
In response to official data, round 95 acres on which village ponds had been positioned have now been used to arrange high-rises. This, even if in Regional Plan 2021, related insurance policies had been proposed to protect water our bodies: “The areas beneath water our bodies, ox-bow lakes and paleo-channels and their surrounding areas as proven within the floor water rechargeable areas to be saved free from any encroachment or growth to permit free circulation of water. Development actions ought to to not be permitted within the areas. Appropriate measures must be taken to take care of the water our bodies with the minimal circulation/water stage.”
Talking concerning the corrective measures, an official mentioned makes an attempt shall be made to revive water our bodies that also get recharged with rainwater.
Nonetheless, an motion plan shall be formulated within the circumstances the place the catchment space has been destroyed and the water physique is unable to recharge itself naturally . “We are going to take corrective measures to revive water our bodies within the metropolis,” Chauhan mentioned.
Earlier this 12 months, the MCG had determined to revive 12 water our bodies on the idea of feasibility, catchment space and practicality inside a span of six months. The 12 water our bodies that had been speculated to be revived embody Sukhrali, Ghata, Badshahpur, Jharsa, Begumpur Khatola, Garauli Kalan, Basai, Sarai Alawardi, Jahazgarh, Kadipur, Sarhol and Dhanwapur.
In response to consultants, the town is more likely to face groundwater depletion if there may be additional depletion of water our bodies on account of encroachment. The scenario is grim as final 12 months the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) categorised Gurgaon as “overexploited”. Following this, the Punjab and Haryana excessive court docket had banned groundwater extraction within the district. In 2013, the board reported that about 886 tube wells had been sealed. It had additionally requested the Gurgaon deputy commissioner to examine unlawful boring within the area.