Mainstreaming ecological restoration of dirty stormwater drain to transform the 12.5 km long Barapullah drain into an ecological corridor, this project initiative plans to reclaim nearly 700 acres of open space for the South of Delhi.
Planned to address the problems of solid-waste management, wastewater pollution and stormwater management, the South Delhi Greenway project aims to also showcase the ecological solutions, while using a place-making approach to create a vibrant new public realm for the city. The project aims to create the city's first permanent car-free cycling and walking corridor, offering critical first-last mile connectivity to and from the metro-stations and bus-stops.
Connecting 5 of the 7 ancient cities of Delhi, apart from linking up tourism sites like the Bahai Temple, Qutub Minar, Delhi Haat, Garden of 5 senses - this parkway shall also become Delhi's tourism spine allowing people to experience nearly 1000 years of the city's history all within 10-15 km distance.
With help of specialized natural bio-remediation techniques,the parkway shall use decentralized biological wastewater treatment facilities to clean up the sewage water polluting the drain. The presently dirty, foul-smelling drain shall be transformed into the city's ecological corridor restoring, andregenerating the regions riverine ecology. This project conceived and designed by Akash Hingorani in 2004-2007 for the Delhi Government, DDA, MCD & DTTDC with IDFC as the lead consultant has found a proud mention in the City Development Plan of Delhi - which in-fact recommends all other drains to be designed similarly.
Having missed making it to execution in the run up to the 2010-CWG games, the project was revived again by UTTIPEC in 2009, as an eco-mobility corridor offering critical connectivity to the city's new mass-transit systems; and was approved by Hon. LG, and also cleared at the Authority meeting in 2012 to be taken up for implementation.