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Delhi team studies Sabarmati riverfront for Yamuna revamp

 A 13-member team of Delhi state government was on a study tour of the Sabarmati riverfront on Thursday. The team, led by environment and forests secretary Sanjiv Kumar, included officials from Delhi Jal Board, urban designers and horticulturists. The objective of the tour was to analyze as to how the project was helping keep the Sabarmati River clean and ensuring its development. The team also tried to study the possibility of a similar riverfront project for Yamuna River in Delhi. "The riverfront project can solve a lot of issues. Though the Yamuna is a much bigger than Sabarmati, a similar project would enhance living environs around the river.


It's a project that connects people to their river. We are studying riverfront model here and would see how it can be replicated back home," said Kumar. Later in the day, the delegation met Ahmedabad municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra. The team also studied in detail the evacuation and rehabilitation of more than 10,000 families living on the river banks. The team also looked into the legal processes involved in accommodating dhobi ghats and traditional markets along the river and a host of design issues. The team's visit is an outcome of a meeting between Delhi's lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and PM Narendra Modi on May 28.


The PM had suggested to Jung to look at three projects in Gujarat that could be replicated for Delhi. List includes cleaning and development of Yamuna on the lines of Sabarmati, solar power generation project at Charanka in Patan, and installation of CCTV cameras through PPP partnerships. An eight-member team, which will be led by Delhi's principal secretary for power Arun Goel, will study the solar power projects in Gujarat, especially the one in Charanka in Patan. The capital's secretary for irrigation and flood control Puneet Goel will be part of this team. A third team, headed by special police commissioner Sundari Nanda, consisting of senior Delhi Police officials is going to Surat to study the city's CCTV surveillance system.


Times of India, Delhi, 6th June 2014