The National Green Tribunal has approved an ambitious plan of the Delhi government to tap the Yamuna rainwater by building a 1,000-acre mega reservoir on 25 July.
The government plans to build small ponds in the floodplain. This floodplain which will catch the excess water from the overflowing river during monsoons for storage purpose. The project also got approved by the authorities of Upper Yamuna River Board, CGWB, NMCG, CWC, National Green Tribunal (NGT) Monitoring Committee, NGT Principal Committee and Cabinet of NCT of Delhi.
The project aims to conserve water in the floodplain between Palla on the Delhi-Haryana border and Wazirabad. The government’s move is to deal with the water shortage in the capital, particularly during
Apart from the floodplain, the Delhi government plans to pay an annual rent of Rs.77,000 for an acre of agricultural land to farmers. This move of the government has been resented by a majority of farmers as they feel that their livelihood is under threat.