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L-G directs MCD to restore dead lake, chalk out revamp plan for world-class nursery at Roshanara Bagh


Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena today directed the MCD in North Delhi to redevelop an identified 8.5 acre of Roshanara Bagh as a world-class nursery of rare and exotic plants and flowers. The work must start “today”, Saxena said, with the project set to be completed in the next three months. The nursery will not only provide 3 lakh plants and saplings annually for plantation across the city, but will also be provided to the people of Delhi at a nominal cost, he said

A dead lake spread over 3.8 acres will also be restored, with the L-G directing the officials to dredge and clean it to a depth of 4 metres.

Stating that rainwater might not be sufficient to fill the lake, he asked that water from neighbouring areas that are prone to flooding and waterlogging such as Roshanara Road, Kamla Nagar, Malkaganj, and Andha Mughal be channelised to the lake through dedicated pipelines.

Saxena said the soil being de-silted from the bed of the lake be used to build a 4-metre-high bund around the lake. To secure this embankment, the L-G said the waste dumped at Bhalswa landfill should be used, adding that this will not only ensure that the soil does not flow back to the lake, but will also reduce the burden on the landfill. These works, he stated, should be completed within a month.

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The place should evolve not only as a visitor attraction but also as an ecosystem that can sustain varied flora and fauna. While walking through the 57-acre park, the L-G said that it should be redeveloped as an ecologically rich landscaped area like Lodhi Garden or Nehru Park.

He also said the walkways should be developed, trees be pruned, and the plantation be scientific in accordance with the soil and climate of the area. The redeveloped gardens should be replete with eco-friendly public utilities, eateries and recreational spaces, he said.

Laying emphasis on environmental concerns of the capital, he said he will ensure every dead water body, park and green stretch and garden is reclaimed, revamped, and rejuvenated in line with his commitment to making Delhi a City of gardens and flowers.





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Delhi L-G directs MCD to prepare action plan to raze landfill sites


Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena on Sunday visited the Ghazipur landfill site, and has asked officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to prepare an action plan, within the next three days, for completely razing the three garbage mountains at Ghazipur, Bhalaswa and Okhla.

The MCD has also been asked to constitute a dedicated team to draw out the plan with a fixed date of completion.

According to information shared by Raj Niwas, the L-G will monitor the project at a personal level and will visit the sites at regular intervals to see the progress. The MCD was also directed to operationalise the waste-to-energy plant to reduce the load of fresh waste.

A special cell will also be put in place in the L-G Secretariat to monitor the work on a weekly basis, said officials.

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Spread over 70 acres, the Ghazipur landfill site has legacy waste amounting to 140 lakh metric tonnes and the East Delhi areas that it caters to generate 2,600 metric tonnes on a daily basis. Similarly, Bhalaswa in North Delhi and Okhla in South Delhi contain legacy waste mounds amounting to 80 and 50 lakh metric tonnes respectively.

The solid waste at these sites is of three categories – refuse derived fuel (RDF), construction & demolition (C&D) and inert waste. While the RDF waste is being used to generate power from waste-to-energy plants, a small quantity of inert waste is being taken by NHAI for its road construction activities, the processed C&D waste can be used for construction and filling activities, said Raj Niwas officials, in a statement.

The MCD has further been directed to regularly put out the reduction in height of the mounds achieved, as a result of their efforts, in the public domain at all three sites.





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Government sets May 22 for unification of Delhi’s three civic bodies


The government has fixed May 22 for the formal unification of Delhi’s three civic bodies.

North MCD workers sanitise a locality in Model Town, Delhi. (File photo)

The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notification on Wednesday announcing May 22 as the appointed date for the unification of Delhi’s three civic bodies. According to the notification, the Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2022 will come into effect from May 22.

The legislation was approved by Lok Sabha on March 30 and by Rajya Sabha on April 5. President Ram Nath Kovind had given his assent on April 18.

The three existing civic bodies – the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation will become one under the bill.

According to the legislation, the unification of the municipal corporations in Delhi will ensure synergised and strategic planning and optimal utilisation of resources.

Earlier, Delhi’s chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal had challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win the upcoming Delhi civic body polls due this year. “If you [BJP] have the courage, conduct MCD elections on time and win [the civic polls]. If we lose, we will leave politics,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah while introducing the bill in Parliament, said the BJP has no fear of losing the civic elections and is ready to contest the polls soon after delimitation. “Since 2014, we have fought many elections. We are not scared of losing and we don’t become arrogant when we win,” said Amit Shah.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Delhi: North MCD gives itself clean chit in Sabzi Mandi building collapse


Two siblings died after a three-storey building collapsed in North Delhi’s Sabzi Mandi area. North MCD had then said that the ongoing construction in the building, which had led to collapse, was illegal.

As per sources, a report prepared by the corporation’s building headquarters says that it has been found that because the building was not in a dilapidated state and no one had complained about it, there has been no negligence on behalf of the corporation.

The commissioner of North MCD Sanjay Goel had ordered an inquiry into the incident to be conducted by the building department (headquarters) and said that necessary action against delinquent officials, if any, will be taken after receipt of the report.

The standing committee head of North MCD Jogi Ram Jain confirmed it and said that the clean chit has been given by the executive wing.

“It had come to light that on Sunday night the person started drilling and around 11 the building collapsed. In between, there was no complaint given to MCD or in the police. Our employees were not given any intimation. Had they known about it or were informed and no action was taken, then there would have been action against them,” he said.

He, however, said that the political wing would discuss it with others and explore the possibility of re-examining the case and if anyone is found guilty then there would be action.

The leader of opposition in North MCD Vikas Goel said, “what more do you expect in an investigation report prepared by MCD officials to investigate the role of their own department officers.”

“The whole drama is created just to pacify people for the time being and then to cover up the whole thing,” he said.

In Malka Ganj ward, where the building that collapsed is located, 20 properties were identified as dangerous — including nine on the same road, in the survey conducted before the monsoon. The building that collapsed, though, was not on the list.

Later another survey was done after house collapse in which around 18 buildings were identified as either needing to be demolished or requiring major retrofitting for providing structural stability in the same ward.

The collapse has yet again raised questions about what is being done by the building department of MCDs — councillors from BJP, AAP and Congress have often been critical of it during House meetings in the past. The councillors have often said that while the officials get immediate information whenever any fresh construction starts, there is no accountability.

In October 2018, when a building collapsed in north Delhi’s Ashok Vihar, which claimed seven lives, it was deemed a natural calamity. “There was continuous rainfall in Delhi during those days, eyewitnesses have said the tragedy took place due to the fall of a big dry tree and is like a natural disaster,” The north civic body had said in reply to questions asked by the leader of the opposition on factors.



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