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Jal shakti South Delhi civic body harvests power of rain
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NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation has opened its first rainwater harvesting park called Jal Shakti Park in Sector-8 of Dwarka. Such parks will focus on utilising open spaces like parks for harvesting rainwater for groundwater replenishment.

A pond has been rejuvenated in the 2.5-acre park and the ground slope of the catchment area has been redesigned to accumulate excess rainwater. SDMC has also installed a 50 kilolitre per day capacity sewage treatment plant which will feed the pond during the non-rainy season, officials said.

A senior municipal official said that the project was completed in two months and the slopes were designed to capture the rain run-off from nearby areas to increase the ground water levels in the area. The rainwater harvesting park project demonstrates low-cost interventions of capturing rainwater and channelising it back into shallow aquifer systems.

The dry park site was taken over from Delhi Development Authority in 2016 and greening of the area has been carried out using red kaner, ficus benjamina and bottle palms. "We have also developed a children zone, gazebos and footpaths in the park," the official said.
Three more such rainwater harvesting sites will be developed in Jahazwala park in Bagdola near Dwarka Sector-8, near Gokul Garden in Dwarka Sector-7, and in Jonapur near Bheem Basti, the civic body has stated.

A study from Centre for Science and Environment "Roadmap for implementation of water sensitive urban design and planning in Delhi" has also advocated water harvesting in parks and open spaces in Delhi to augment the drainage system of the city and to address issues related to urban flooding. Spread over 8,000 hectares, Delhi has more than 16,000 parks and open spaces where stormwater harvesting can be implemented with a potential of harvesting 12,800 million litres of rainwater every year, the CSE report states.

It advocates that water-sensitive urban design interventions like rain gardens, water detention ponds and rainwater harvesting solutions and swales can be adopted in parks and open spaces, which will reduce waterlogging and help in groundwater recharge. The report highlights that parks under the south corporation have the highest annual water harvesting potential followed by those in the north and east corporations.

SDMC mayor Mukesh Suryan said that the civic agency had been making special efforts to ensure water conservation and 20 new sewage treatment plants would be constructed in all the four zones to treat water discharged from sewage. Member of Parliament from South Delhi Lok Sabha Ramesh Bidhuri and Delhi BJP president Adesh Kumar Gupta inaugurated the facility.

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