Gomti Riverfront Development - Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) officially transferred the application of request on Gomti River Front Development DPR and EIA to the Irrigation DepartmentAfter a long wait and follow ups Lucknow Development Authority acted. It is the same nodal agency which conducted earlier survey in 2012 with IIT Roorkee on feasibility of Gomti riverfront development.
The report came out negative even with much lower scope of the project, asking for 250 meters channel for the river and develop only with green spaces with minimal construction.
The report also mentioned that there are spaces where you should leave more space for the river to expand and compensate for the width loss.
This report covered and expected only half of the 12.8 km worked on right now and warned of river speed and shearing force increase by 20% and 30% respectively.
Since Gomti River is an alluvial river, two bridges namely Hardings Bridge and Railways Bridge were getting into danger in case of Floods.
The report done by Lucknow Development Authority and IIT Roorkee also pointed towards the natural drainage systems of the Gomti River System, their importance and capacity in case of floods.
Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) even though seems to be on forefront of the project due to their earlier interests and current involvements in promoting gomti riverfront over various channels on internet.
After much research, talks and RTIs doesn't look like is involved with the project anymore. The project is with Irrigation department uttar Pradesh and is solely done by the later authority.
After reading the report it would have been difficult to go ahead with this development. So there is a new MOU signed by Irrigation department and IIT Roorkee in December 2015 which IIT Roorkee in May 2016 confirmed - the report is not yet provided to the agency i.e. Irrigation Department.
We have contacted IIT Roorkee to provide us any estimate or indication on the new report being done by Mr. Kamal Jain of Civil Engineering Department, but got no response yet.
After this push by Lucknow development authority, we might get some answers from Irrigation Department, which is also sitting on our Right to Information (RTI Act 2005) request for a while now.