Delhi Development Authority (DDA) vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar, who inaugurated a Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD)-DDA wetland project in Dheerpur this week, said this was a great initiative which would set an example for other universities in the country, and hoped that other institutions would emulate and replicate this experiment.
In response to the request for financial support, he said DDA would provide whatever support possible.
The Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) recently entered into a management agreement with the DDA to restore an area of 25.38 hectares as urban wetlands adjacent to its upcoming campus at Dheerpur.
This initiative for the restoring and maintenance of the wetlands, which is to be carried out jointly by the DDA and AUD, is expected to improve the quality of life on the campus as well as its
AUD vice chancellor Shyam B Menon said it was a very important day for the DDA, the Government of Delhi and the university.
He said the idea of restoring the Jahangirpuri wetlands was first mooted in 2009, and thanked the DDA and officials of the Delhi Government for their whole-hearted support.
This was followed by expert comments from ecologist and AUD’s distinguished professor Professor CR Babu, who had conceptualized the Dheerpur Wetlands Restoration Project.
“What we are trying to do is to preserve the relics of the world famous Jahangirpuri group of wetlands. At one time these wetlands extended from the Karnal bypass to Mukherjee Nagar, and it is our duty to restore the remaining few hectares back to their original state and preserve them for posterity. The wetlands will provide ecological services and goods to the campus as well as to the local communities which cannot be measured in terms of economic benefits,” he said.
He urged the DDA to provide adequate financial support for the restoration and the maintenance of the wetlands.
Professor Vijaya S. Varma, Director, Campus Development /Dean Planning concluded the function by highlighting the ways the wetland project would benefit the neighbourhood and the campus and how the water bodies would add to the beauty of the campus.