The entire revamp, redevelopment, and rejuvenation work of the Roshanara Bagh complex should be completed by the end of October this year, the LG emphasized.
New Delhi: Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena on Saturday visited the historic 400 year old Roshanara Bagh under MCD in North Delhi and directed officials to develop a world-class nursery of rare and exotic plants on an identified 8.5 acre piece of land within the time frame of three months.
As per the statement released by the LG office, the LG instructed for works to be started for the same today itself by removing the dead foliage, debris, and C&D waste. This nursery will, apart from providing about 3 lakh plants and saplings annually for plantation across the city, also provide the people of Delhi with the same at nominal prices.
“Starting the works of rejuvenating a silt and wild undergrowth filled dead lake spread over 3.8 acres in the complex, the LG directed officials to put in all efforts to restore the lake to its past glory,” it said.
“Saxena directed officials to dredge and clean it to a depth of at least 4 meters and ensure that it develops as a natural water body that not only evolves as a place of visitors attraction but also develops as an eco-system that sustains varied flora and fauna with a fully restored existing island in the lake,” the statement said.
“Underlining that rainwater itself will not be sufficient to fill the lake, the LG issued instructions to ensure that water from the neighbouring areas prone to flooding, water logging, and overflows like Roshanara Road, Kamla Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Malkaganj and Andha Mughal that fell in the catchment, be channelized into the lake through dedicated channels and pipelines,” it read.
The soil being de-silted from the bed of the lake is getting used to build a four meter high bund around the lake. The LG asked for the embankment thus created to be secured and paved by utilizing the C&D waste dumped at the Bhalaswa landfill site. While this would help reduce the burden on the landfill site, on one hand, it will also ensure that the soil on the bund does not flow back into the lake. These works he underlined should be completed within a month,” the statement read.
“On a walk through this large space, the LG gave on-site instructions to officials to aesthetically restore, revamp and redevelop the greens spread over 57 acres of Roshanara Bagh into an ecologically rich and landscaped garden and bring it at par with the Lodhi Garden or the Nehru Park,” it stated.
“The entire revamp, redevelopment, and rejuvenation work of the Roshanara Bagh complex should be completed by the end of October this year, the LG emphasized,” the statement further stated.
During the visit, many senior officials of the concerned department including the Special Officer of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, and the Commissioner of the MCD were also present.