Delhi LG flags ‘poor’ condition of Lake Bhalswa – Reuters

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NEW DELHI: Lieutenant Governor (LG) VK Saxena on Saturday ordered the Delhi Development Authority to clear the shores of Lake Bhalswa within a week for Chhath Puja, while pointing to the “pathetic state” of its upkeep by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), officials said.

He said he was “shocked” by the fact that a body of water, so critical for the environment and the aesthetics of the city, was “left for dead” with its original 59 Ha. area rushing to only 34 Ha. due to the deposition of silt and trash due to the inaction and negligence of the agencies involved, they said. The works to restore and rejuvenate the lake were entrusted to the DJB in May 2019.

“However, due to the complete failure of part of the DJB to carry out the required works, the DDA only took over the task of maintaining the lake last month,” an official said. He ordered the DDA to immediately undertake the cleaning of the shores of the lake in preparation for the upcoming Chhath festival and requested all the agencies involved to start work on full restoration.

NEW DELHI: Lieutenant Governor (LG) VK Saxena on Saturday ordered the Delhi Development Authority to clear the shores of Lake Bhalswa within a week for Chhath Puja, while pointing to the “pathetic state” of its upkeep by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), officials said. He said he was “shocked” by the fact that a body of water, so critical for the environment and the aesthetics of the city, was “left for dead” with its original 59 Ha. area rushing to only 34 Ha. due to the deposition of silt and trash due to the inaction and negligence of the agencies involved, they said. The lake restoration and rejuvenation work was handed over to the DJB in May 2019. “However, due to the complete failure of part of the DJB to carry out the required work, the DDA had only taken over the lake maintenance task last month,” said an official. start working on the full restoration.

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