Gurugram: Haryana considering ‘wetland’ or ‘lake’ along Najafgarh Drain

Divisional Commissioner Ashok Sangwan said a committee has been constituted under his chairmanship, which would look into all the aspects and make recommendation to the Authority whether the land situated along the Najafgarh Drain, which remains waterlogged throughout the year, can be developed as a wetland or a lake

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The issue of land along the Najafgarh Drain, which remains waterlogged for the whole year are likely to be resolved soon. The state government is considering developing a wetland or lake on this land. For studying this aspect and making recommendation thereof, the State Wetland Authority, in its meeting held under Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal met on 6th January this year and decided to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Gurugram Divisional Commissioner, Ashok Sangwan. 

The newly formed committee met here under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner Ashok Sangwan in his office. Addressing the first meeting of the committee, Sangwan said that as per the decision of the Authority, a committee has been constituted under his chairmanship, which would look into all the aspects and make recommendation to the Authority whether the land situated along the Najafgarh Drain, which remains waterlogged throughout the year, can be developed as a wetland or a lake. Deputy Commissioner Gurugram, Amit Khatri, Municipal Corporation Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh, Superintendent Engineer Shiv Singh Rawat from Gurugram Circle of Irrigation Department, SE of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, District Development and Panchayat Officer Narendra Sarwan, Chief Wildlife Warden , DTP from District Town and Country Planning Department are its other members while Additional Deputy Commissioner Prashant Panwar has been designated as Member Secretary of the committee.

Presiding over the meeting, the Divisional Commissioner directed the officers to prepare a detailed report about the land situated near Najafgarh Drain. He said that all the facts related to this land need to be studied so that the committee can proceed in planned way and reach to a decision. He said that the role of each member of this committee is very important. Every department should give report pertaining to its role and suggest how this land can be used in a more better way. Issues need to framed properly so that each and every aspect is covered.

He said that before developing a wetland or lake on this land, it is important to study all its aspects so that all the facts can be understood in right perspective and further plan can be outlined. Sangwan directed the concerned officers to prepare detailed report after gathering historical and geographical information about Najafgarh Drain and its surrounding areas, suggestions from all stakeholders, owners of the land, copy of the decisions of various forums on this issue, Master Development Plan of the area prepared by Town and Country Planning Department, agricultural and allied activities carried out in that area, if any. Besides, several other issues like quality of water accumulated there also need to be tested. In the meeting, SE Shiv Singh Rawat of Irrigation Department apprised the Divisional Commissioner about several other important facts related to Najafgarh Drain and its surrounding areas.

Those present in the meeting included Deputy Commissioner Gurugram Amit Khatri, Additional Deputy Commissioner Prashant Panwar, SE Shiv Singh Rawat of Irrigation Department, XEN Vikas Malik of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, SE ND Vashistha of Municipal Corporation Gurugram among others.

-delhincrnews.in