Rural tourism boost for urbane Delhi

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Rural tourism boost for urbane Delhi

If all goes as planned, cosmopolitan citizens as well as tourists will be able to get a glimpse of ‘real India’ in the heart of Delhi.

The Delhi government plans to bring the Indian countryside to the Capital itself. To present the “real India” to foreign tourists, the government has selected 14 villages, each with a water body, across the Capital.

These spots will be redeveloped, restored and offered as a ‘rural tourism destination’ to the foreigners. The project, worth crores of rupees, has already received the necessary clearances.

Once the water bodies in these select villages are restored, the government would start developing basic infrastructure and creating a unique recreational environment with special focus on the visiting tourists.

The environment department officials say once these water bodies are restored, activities such as fishing and boating will be introduced. “At the same time, each village will have its own identity. The culture and infrastructural facilities will be developed accordingly,” an official said, adding that these features would boost the state’s economy and tourism infrastructure.

The prominent villages selected for the project include Goyla Khurd in south-west Delhi, Daulatpur in south Delhi, Hastsal village, Khera Dabur in south Delhi, Bamnoli village, Chhawla village, Dera Mandi village in south Delhi, Hiran Kudna village in west Delhi, Kamruddin Nagar, Doolsiras, Harshvihar and a lake in Madipur village.

Confirming the development, the environment department’s Delhi Parks and Gardens Society CEO Dr S.D. Singh said: “We are hopeful of cleaning and restoring water bodies. We will be using a new process to complete the work.”

“The real problem with these water bodies is that they have become dumping grounds for sewage or other pollutants. With poor oxygen content, these can’t support marine life,” Dr Singh said.

“We are hopeful of cleaning and restoring water bodies. We will be using a new process to complete the work.”

The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) will restore the water bodies and institute scientist Dr Rakesh Kumar will implement the project using the phytorid technology.

This restores the oxygen content in the water, thereby creating conditions to reintroduce marine and aquatic life.

It only involves introduction of certain categories of antipollutant and oxygen-releasing plants to the water bodies.

“It is energy-efficient, requires low maintenance and is aesthetic,” Kumar told Mail Today. The technique positively impacts the nitrogen, phosphorous and other aspects affecting water quality.