The Gomti's riverfront development project, limited to a 1.5-km stretch, from Hanuman Setu to Pucca Pul earlier,
will now have a broader reach.
The project will span across 12 km from Pucca Pull and go up to Shaheed Path.
With chief minister Akhilesh Yadav laying the
foundation stone of the ambitious 'Gomti Riverfront', on Tuesday, residents can hope to see a much cleaner and greener
riverbank developed on an international pattern.
The state government has made the irrigation department the nodal agency to revive the river in three ways. There will be
extensive cleaning of the riverbed and water flow will be regulated through river channelization. Besides, the surroundings will
be made beautiful, there will be walking plazas, cycling and jogging track and ghats, along the banks. The department is aiming
to complete all three projects on the 12km stretch by 2016.
Though mechanical cleaning of the river started two months ago, the CM's formal launch will kick-start construction of the 12-
15-meter deep diaphragm wall on both sides. A diaphragm wall strengthens the banks and forms a regular channel for even
water flow. The wall would be six meters above the water level.
The department is working on a plan to connect the Gomti with
a tributary of the Sharda Canal to maintain smooth supply during dry weather.
Riverfront beautification includes landscaping, development of parks, ghats, construction of cycling and jogging pathways,
creation of children's play area, lawns, sports fields, tonga track and deploying boating facility on the river. Jal Nigam and LMC
have been asked to ensure that no sewage flows into the river directly from nallas. All drains need to be tapped and diverted
to a sewage treatment plant before flowing into the river.
With so many departments working on it, a high-level committee has been formed under the chairmanship of chief secretary
Alok Ranjan to monitor the progress and ensure that all agencies work in tandem. The 10-member committee includes officials
from departments like irrigation and water resources, housing and urban planning, urban development, Jal Nigam, along with
the divisional commissioner and DM of Lucknow.
SEWAGE DIVERSION: Jal Nigam and LMC have been asked to ensure that no sewage flows into the river directly from nullahs.
All drains need to be tapped and diverted to the STP for treatment of sewage before flowing into river.
BRIDGE ILLUMINATION- All permanent constructions on the river - bridge, barrage etc would be illuminated with fancy exotic
lighting. German lightings have already been used at Gomti Barrage.
SHARDA SUPPLY TO GOMTI- Irrigation department would link a tributary of Sharda to Gomti in upstream region to supply
water during emergency. This canal is expected to supply 750 cusec of water in need.
INSPIRED FROM INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS- The riverfront in Lucknow will draw inspiration from international projects of
Tokyo, wetland area near Putrajaya Lake in Malaysia, Danube River in Vienna, Olympic Park on Thames (London) etc.
LUCKNOW EYE ON BANKS- On the riverfront, LDA will be installing approx. 100 metre high giant ferry wheel called Lucknow
Eye on patterns of London Eye on Thames. From it, people can have a bird's eye view of the city below.
BOATING FACILITY- Since plans are on to maintain a regular flow into the river, irrigation department is planning to deploy
boating facility. This would be the biggest attraction for tourists.
FLUSHING OUT DIRTY WATER- For the first time in UP, all the dirty water has been flushed out from a riverbed to allow
mechanical cleaning. The process will make way for clean water supply from nearby canal into the river.
LDA'S PROJECT SIMULTANEOUSLY- Alongside irrigation department, LDA will also continue beautifying 1.5 km of left riverbank
from Hanuman Setu to Pucca Pull. This will have development of pathways, cycling track, landscaping etc.
Total 30 km of river stretch flows within Lucknow
Out of it, 12 kms will be chosen for developing riverfront
Starts from Pucca Pull to Gomti Barrage in first phase (8 km)
Later, river from Gomti Barrage to Shaheed Path will be beautified
In first phase, cost of revival estimated at Rs 600 crore
Till Shaheed path (4 km more), additional Rs 300 crore required.
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