How we conducted a feasibility study of water bodies in FaridabadOne should take advantage of available digital interfaces or create one by uplo...

How we conducted a feasibility study of water bodies in FaridabadOne should take advantage of available digital interfaces or create one by uplo...How we conducted a feasibility study of water bodies in Faridabad
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A map showing the 22 waterbodies shortlisted by the author and his team for restoration in Faridabad. Two more were added after an NGT ruling. Photo: Shashwat
A map showing the 22 waterbodies shortlisted by the author and his team for restoration in Faridabad. Two more were added after an NGT ruling. Photo: Shashwat A map showing the 22 waterbodies shortlisted by the author and his team for restoration in Faridabad. Two more were added after an NGT ruling. Photo: Shashwat

This is the first of a two-part series

I remember it was late July 2018 when after reading a newspaper article, I made a random phone call to Arbind Kumar, executive engineer from the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad regarding the restoration of water bodies in Delhiā€™s southern satellite town.

Then I got in touch with Rakesh Gupta, additional principal secretary to the chief minister of Haryana and met the then commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad, Muhammad Shayin regarding water conservation measures in Faridabad.

It all started after the judgement of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in case OA No.325 / 2015, Sarvadaman Oberoi versus the Union of India and others in which the court gave directions to the government of Haryana to take measures for the protection and restoration of waterbodies.

I had always been fascinated by this subject. The credit goes to the Director-General of the Centre for Science and Environment, Sunita Narain, who has written a lot on this issue and the need for protection of water bodies in our urban areas and all my meetings and interactions with Manu Bhatnagar from INTACH, who has vast technical experience of actually working for it on the ground.

Moreover, my own experience of working with environmentalists at Save Aravali Trust and colleagues from Gurgaon Water Forum who are researchers from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and various other advocacy groups of Delhi and the National Capital Region gave me lot of enthusiasm and inspiration to take the plunge and do a service to my city through such measures for a water secure future.
https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/water/how-we-conducted-a-feasibility-study-of-water-bodies-in-faridabad-75765