Pioneer projects

Master Plan for Artificial Groundwater Recharge

Groundwater depletion is the bane of our cities. Without sustainable groundwater use cities would face scarcity of this vital resource. Accordingly, INTACH was asked by Delhi Govt. to prepare a Masterplan for Artificial Groundwater Recharge for NCT, Delhi in 2016. The plan is under consideration for implementation.

Documentation of Old Walking Route to Kedarnath

INTACH Dehradun Chapter took an initiative to identify the ancient pilgrimage route to Kedarnath through ancient texts and other sources. The project was conceived in the aftermath of the 2013 flooding disaster. The findings and research are well documented and will be published shortly. It is expected to reinforce the case for conserving these now abandoned routes and the heritages structures alongside as these form good evacuation routes in emergencies and serve isolated communities.

Biodiversity of Heritage Sites

Heritage Sites cover protected status under several national and international interventions, but their associated biodiversity remains unseen. INTACH identified urban and peri-urban forts as vast local nature reserves offering habitats to a significant range of native flora and fauna. It was observed that heritage sites such as Jahanpana Fort, Tughlakabad fort etc are potential habitats playing host to a considerable amount of biodiversity and offered them protection against urban encroachment.

Documentation of Traditional Knowledge, Jaisalmer

The traditional weather forecasting tradition of Rajasthan were documented to save fading out traditional knowledge.

Documentation of the Natural Heritage of Upper Ganga Region

Our team have been actively involved in surveying high altitude lakes, local flora and fauna in region south of Gangotri Glacier and in the less observed upper Yamuna region. The objective is to promote ecological concerns in the development policy.

Groundwater Recharge Strategy for Delhi

The project focused on augmentation of depleted water table of Delhi as part of Disaster Management strategy. The project involved identification of paleo channels, lineaments and artificial recharge sites combined with use of tertiary treated wastewater for regular recharge. An action plan was drafted to implement the proposed work in a phased manner over a period of 5 years.

On-Channel Treatment of Polluted Water Flow in Palam Drain

The project focused on treatment of flowing wastewater utilising bioremediation technique through bacterial consortium, daphnia zooplankton, pisciculture and aquatic rootzone treatment. The project was carried out in the Palam drain from Madhu Vihar to outfall of Najafgarh Drain, Dwarka. The water quality has improved and foul odour has reduced at much lower cost than any conventional treatment. The 4 km stretch is also being vegetated as an ecological corridor.

On-Channel Storage and Recharge on Najafgarh Drain

The project involved retaining monsoon discharge and local area runoff in the 30 kms long storm water channel. The augmented percolation resulted in dilution of brackish water quality improving groundwater availability for agriculture. The area has also become a habitat for migratory winter birds.

Blueprint for Delhi’s Water Augmentation

The project involved the identification of macro rainwater harvesting options like Paleo channels, lineaments and artificial recharge sites. Several projects delineated in the Blueprint have been implemented by the Government so far. On similar lines, urban area blueprints were drawn for Jamnagar and Rajkot towns in Gujarat.