The Najafgarh Jheel (INTACH Lake Series #1)
The invaluable ecosystem services provided by lakes and wetlands have been ignored in the development process so far. Resultantly, India has lost many wetlands as recorded in several reports. Najafgarh Jheel is a vast depression lying athwart the Delhi Gurugram boundary. Both states need to jointly work to revive the Jheel which would yield some 20 MGD [million gallons/day] of water, form a potential Ramsar site [Siberian Cranes once used to visit the Jheel], make for an enthralling urban texture, improve real estate values, all with beneficial revenue streams for the urban economy.
This paper highlights the several aspects of the Najafgarh Jheel and its history, the issues which have to be resolved and the steps by which it can be revived. With the onset of an era of water shortages the recovery of such natural assets cannot be postponed – they are essential to survival.