*Surprise Spree : Dy CM Manish Sisodia conducts surprise road inspection for the third consecutive day, visits road stretch from Delhi Vidhan Sabha to Chandagi Ram Akhara*

*To make the roads of Delhi world-class, we are focusing on strengthening of roads alongside making them beautiful- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*Delhi’s roads will soon be durable and aesthetic; our aim is to provide a pleasant and hassle free commuting experience to everyone- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

NEW DELHI : 23RD JUNE 2022-Continuing his surprise inspections on the third day, the Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia visited the road stretch from Vidhan Sabha to Chandagi Ram Akhara on Thursday. During the inspection of the road, he directed the concerned PWD officials to not just focus on strengthening the roads but also making them aesthetically appealing and beautiful.

Shri Manish Sisodia said, “Kejriwal Government’s aim is to provide pleasant commuting experience to all commuters across Delhi. For this, maintenance work of all roads should be done on priority and with full commitment. Any laxity on part of PWD officials will not be tolerated. Engineers must look into every detail of the road aesthetics and ensure that roads are well-maintained, smooth, have green belts on either side and are beautiful.”

During the visit the Deputy Chief Minister, who holds the PWD portfolio, spotted cracks at various spots and directed the engineers to get it repaired on time before it leads to any inconvenience to the commuters. He directed the officials to get the recarpetting of roads done soon. Shri Sisodia said that engineers on duty need to ensure that markings on roads are extremely important and must not go invisible at any time of the year and field officers should keep a check on this at priority.

While speaking to the engineers, Shri Manish Sisodia said, “The Department need not wait for a bigger project for landscaping and maintaining greenery around this road. All the horticultural requirements of the road must be fulfilled and maintained from time to time.”

Along with this, Shri Manish Sisodia said that officials need to follow the standards of maintenance of roads set by the government which includes cleanliness, landscaping, and others. He directed the officials that along with the strengthening of the road, new signage should be installed on the road visited today and proper road marking should be done keeping norms in mind. Along with this, he also instructed to plant better varieties of plants at the central verge and maintain greenery on either side of the road.

He added that road maintenance activities should not affect the commuters on this route and should be done at the time of less movement.


*Kejriwal Government's groundwater recharge experiment at Palla Floodplain reaps great success; 2 meter rise in water table recorded*

*Project of recharging groundwater through a 26 acre pond at Palla successful, the project will be continued for its fourth year too - Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*An average of 812 million gallons of groundwater has been recharged in the past three years; recharge capacity to be increased to 20,300 million gallons soon - Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*In the last 10 years, the groundwater level had gone down by 2 meters, but after the commissioning of the Palla floodplain project, the groundwater level has increased by 0.5 to 2 meters - Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*In the study conducted by the Delhi Government, it was seen that the groundwater recharge from this project is moving towards the city from the Yamuna river- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*Due to the Palla Floodplain project, the ground water level is continuously improving, now the Kejriwal Government will quench the thirst of the people of Delhi by putting floodwater to use- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*Palla floodplain project will prove to be a great example for the drought-stricken and water-stressed states of the country- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*Kejriwal Government will explore new methods and technologies for recharging groundwater levels in Delhi in collaboration with Denmark and Singapore - Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

NEW DELHI: 23RD JUNE 2022-The Kejriwal Government is working vigorously on a plan to reduce the water shortage in the national capital and ensure 24x7 water supply. Delhi Government's 'Palla Floodplain Project' to recharge ground water by harvesting the water coming through flood in Yamuna river during monsoon has proved to be a tremendous milestone in this direction. Due to the Palla Floodplain Project in Delhi, the ground water level is continuously improving. An average of 812 million gallons of groundwater has been recharged in the past three years. In view of the successful results of the project, the Kejriwal Government has decided to continue this project this year as well. In this vein, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia held a review meeting with the senior officials of the flood and irrigation department on Thursday. He stated that the project is currently spread across 40 acres, of which a pond has been created on 26 acres, where flood water is stored and used to raise the ground water level in Delhi. According to the Delhi Jal Board, in the study conducted during the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons in the years 2020 and 2021, it was found that the groundwater recharge from this project is moving towards the city from the Yamuna river, thereby increasing the groundwater of the entire city. The water level is getting better.

*Palla Floodplain Project successful, better results seen in groundwater level*

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said that the Yamuna passing through the capital gets flooded almost every year during the monsoon, in which crores of litres of water used to flow through the Yamuna. In such a situation, the Kejriwal Government started the eco-friendly Palla project three years ago in the floodplain near the Yamuna river to collect this excess flood water passing through the river during the monsoon season. Under this, a pond of 26 acres was built, where flood water is stored. It is being used to augment the groundwater in the capital. 33 piezometers have also been installed to measure the extent of the rise in groundwater levels. The main objective of the Palla Floodplain Project is to store flood water so that this accumulated water can be used throughout the year to improve the groundwater level. The successful results of this project have come, which shows that the groundwater is being recharged rapidly from this project.

*Lakhs of gallons of water from yamuna will be used to recharge groundwater levels*

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said that in the last 10 years, the groundwater level had gone down to 2 meters, but after the commissioning of the Palla Floodplain Project, the groundwater level has increased by half to 2 meters. "These results are very encouraging. Based on this successful result, it has been decided to continue this project for one year now. While about 812 million gallons of groundwater have been recharged at present, about 20,300 MG of ground water will be recharged by increasing the area to 1000 acres. This project will prove to be a great example not only for Delhi but for the drought-stricken and water-stressed states of the entire country. He said that the Palla floodplain project is one of the major projects underway by the Kejriwal Government. The stretch of about 20–25 km between Palla and Wazirabad has naturally created pits (aquifers). The water fills in during the monsoon or floods. This water from the river then descends and remains in the pits. Where before, millions of gallons of water used to flow into the river, now it will not be wasted," he said.

*An average increase of 0.5m to 2m was observed in the ground water level*

A few years ago, about 8000 hectares of Yamuna floodplain used to be encroached. So unfortunately there was no important place for the flood water to seep and recharge. Improved results were seen in the immediate aftermath of the work on the Palla Flood Plain Project. In 2020 and 2021, respectively, 2.9 million cubic meters and 4.6 million cubic meters of underground water were extensively recharged. At the same time, even after this, it was observed that the groundwater level of the last year in the Palla project area was higher than the estimated 3.6 million cubic meter groundwater. This project not only increased the demand and supply of water.

The gap between the supplies has been reduced, but the water in the pits (aquifers) has also increased. As per the data collected with the help of piezometers, an average increase of 0.5 m to 2 m was observed in the ground water level in the project area.

A rise in the groundwater level was observed even after regular extraction of 4000 MG by the farmers of the surrounding area and 16000 MG through borewells by the DJB to supply water to the people of Delhi. The road map for the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons in 2020 and 2021 shows the flow of groundwater from the Yamuna river to the city. Apart from this, the groundwater level has improved very fast in the area with the pond as compared to the area where there is no pond.

*Ground water recharge data from Palla pilot project in three years*

Year 2019 - 854 million liters
Year 2020- 2888 million liters
Year 2021- 4560 million liters

*Kejriwal Government committed to putting rainwater to good use*

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said that the Delhi Government is working on various projects to create quality infrastructure in Delhi and provide better facilities to every section of the society. These projects are aimed at water conservation, water pollution control, recharging underground water, reduction of odour, supply of clean water to the households of Delhi, cleaning of Yamuna, and maintaining the ecological system by increasing natural carbon sink. The Kejriwal Government is also working on war footing to store rainwater in Delhi. In this year's rain, more than 1500 new rainwater harvesting pits are being built to collect rain water all over Delhi, which will be ready before July 15. The Kejriwal government wants to increase the groundwater level by recharging the groundwater, so that it can be used later and Delhi can become self-sufficient in the conservation of water that can be used in the future. These pits will prevent the wastage of rainwater. Regarding this, PWD has been instructed to expedite the work of making rainwater harvesting pits so that maximum benefits can be obtained from it during monsoon season.

*Kejriwal Government will explore possibilities of ground water recharge in collaboration with Denmark and Singapore*

It is noteworthy that the Delhi government is working fast to make Delhi self-sufficient in conserving and storing water. In this regard, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal had also met Danish Ambassador HE Shri Freddy Swain recently. Also understood the Danish rainwater conservation model. During this Freddy Swain told how Denmark has made itself self-sufficient for water by conserving rainwater. The government is considering adopting those models of Denmark in Delhi as well. The Kejriwal government is keen to implement such a solution, so that we can recharge the groundwater from this monsoon itself and expand the scope of its conservation. Apart from this, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also met the High Commissioner of Singapore HE Shri Simon Wong. Also discussed implementing state-of-the-art solutions to strengthen ground water recharge and its extraction infrastructure in Delhi. Shri Simon Wong had said that both Delhi and Singapore are two distinct urban centers with similar problems. As such, there is a huge scope for cooperation between Delhi and Singapore, especially in the areas of water, environment, public housing and solid waste management.