The eco-restoration initiative of the 5.2 km Wazirabad-Chhakarpur bundh has transformed a popular part of Gurgaon. While being a green public space for many it is also that one space that belongs to a community that does not use motorised transport. The project is a collaboration with the Haryana Forest Department and several corporates.
The Bundhs of Gurgaon were devised in ancient times to harness rainwater, maintain the water table, and regulate water management systems for the city. Unfortunately, over the years and with growing urbanisation, all these bundhs got encroached upon. As a result of heavy construction in the catchment, the bundhs eventually became areas used for defecation, dumping debris, and became unsafe for use by citizens for movement across Gurgaon
Chakkarpur Wazirabad Bundh, Gurugram
from Phase 1 Rapid Metro Station to Sector 56
What are the impacts of this project?
From an environmental perspective, the green corridor running through urban Gurgaon has ensured a large open breathing space.
Running along the track is a storm water drain or nullah, which has also been cleaned and de-clogged into a smooth flowing water channel. Over 20 years of garbage dumped on the site has been cleared, including the removal of over 200 trucks of silt and plastic waste from the nullah. This extracted waste has been segregated and properly disposed of. Sewage flowing into the nullah has been stopped and diverted into sewage treatment plants. Further dumping of waste into the nullah has also been prevented. Over 6000 cu.m. of construction and demolition waste has been re-used in the construction of the Bundh.
An integrated system for proper collection and discharge of rainwater has been constructed all along the Bundh. The collection and channelling of rainwater including recharge chambers, trenches, pits and laying of perforated pipes, ensure that rainwater flows in the right direction and recharges the groundwater table as well as the nallah.
Once deemed as a derelict, unusable area; the rejuvenated Bundh has upgraded its surrounding neighbourhood. The process has ensured plantation of over 30,000 native trees and shrubs on the bundh, restoring the biodiversity of the area and attracting fauna to the region. Solar lights have been used on the entire stretch, reducing the dependence on non-renewable sources of energy, and ensuring the rejuvenated Bundh is now more eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable.
Chakarpur Waziraband Bundh provides universal accessibility for all, including ramps for strollers, wheelchair accessibility, and those with visual challenges or on crutches. More than 30-40% of the local community commutes on foot or on cycle. This linear space provides thousands of commuters a safe and healthy mobility corridor that cuts across the city.
This one-of-a-kind project is a replicable example that showcases that clean and green public spaces and infrastructure for sustainable mobility can be made available in the heart of the city.
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