The Delhi government has prepared an ambitious plan to develop Yamuna river belt on the lines of river Thames in London. If completed, the river belt would look more beautiful than the Sabarmati river belt in Gujarat, Delhi tourism minister Kapil Mishra said during a ‘maha aarti’ on the Yamuna Ghat in Sonia Vihar on Tuesday.
Dainik Jagaran reported Mishra as saying that the river belt development is a part of the clean Yamuna campaign. The river cannot be cleaned until people feel attached to it. For this, the daily ‘maha aarti’ was started last year at Geeta Ghat. More people would feel attached to the Yamuna after the river belt development, the minister said.
As part of the river belt development programme, gardens would be developed between Sonia Vihar and Chauhan Patti. Trees would be planted around the wetland and a biodiversity park would also be set up. Besides, a green belt would be developed alongside Yamuna-Pushta road. Several parks near Geeta Ghat have already been developed and they would be opened for public in the next two months.
Mishra shared the sketch of the river belt development programme on an LCD screen. He said that the sketch was also shown to Delhi LG, DDA and Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Uma Bharti and Venkaiah Naidu. All of them have appreciated the plan.
Meanwhile, Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia has agreed to give Rs 200 crore for the project. Mishra said the Delhi government has demanded Rs 5000 crore for Yamuna cleaning from the Centre.
International rowing centre, akhara to come up at Yamuna Ghat in Sonia Vihar
Mishra said that an international rowing centre and a big ‘akhara’ for wrestlers would also be set up at the Yamuna Ghat in Sonia Vihar. He added that the work for Yamuna river belt development would start soon after getting the approval of the National Green Tribunal.