Delhi Cabinet sanctions Rs 152 cr for Mahipalpur-Nazafgarh drain

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New Delhi, Jun 16 (UNI) The Delhi Cabinet today gave its nod for construction of a storm water drain from Mahipalpur Chowk to Najafgarh drain, which would go a long way to smoothen operations of the newly-developed third runway at the IGI Airport.

At a Cabinet meeting presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Rs 152 crore was sanctioned for the construction of the drain, which will also help to drain out the storm water discharge of five villages: Mahipalpur, Rangpuri, Rajokari, Samalkha, Kapashera and Dwarka sub-city.

Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Ms Dikshit said an amount of Rs 152 crore has been sanctioned for construction of the first ever storm water drain from Mahipalpur Chowk to Najafgarh drain which will be completed within 12 months after award of work.

This will also take care of discharge of 700 cusecs of the five villages, 1300 cusecs of IGI Airport and 400 cusecs of Dwarka.

Describing it as an important project, which would be completed before the commencement of the the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Chief Minister said earlier, the storm water of the five villages used to flow towards Najafgarh drain through the airport area from Shahbad and Bagdola drain whose opening was also made under Delhi Rewari Railway Line.

These drains were used to cater to the discharges of other villages, which have, now, been urbanised.

The land of these villages has been acquired to develop Dwarka sub-city by the DDA. The Bagdola drain has been converted by the DDA into trunk drain.

With the urbanisation of these villages, the natural course of water has been interferred with and the drainage problem has become more complex with the sewerage water also discharged by the villages into the drain, which ultimately falls into the airport land.

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