Extending the Palla pilot project by a year: Sisodia

Delhi's Palla floodplain project has been successful, says Delhi's deputy chief minister . The project is spread over 40 acres, of which a pond has been planted on 26 acres .

New Delhi (New Delhi) Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia discussed with the officials of the irrigation and flood control department on Thursday about the success of the Palla floodplain pilot project.Given the success of the initiative, the Delhi government has decided to continue with it this year.The project is currently spread over 40 acres, of which a pond has been planted on 26 acres, where floodwater is collected and used to raise the city's groundwater level, according to Sisodia.The Delhi Jal Board found that the project improved the area's groundwater levels in a survey conducted between 2020 and 2021.

According to Sisodia, the Kejriwal government began the eco-friendly Palla initiative three years ago in the floodplain near the Yamuna to divert this excess floodwater that flows through the river during the monsoon season.The groundwater is being recharged quickly from this project, according to government officials.To evaluate the rate of rise in groundwater levels, 33 piezometers have been installed.For the time being, it has been decided to extend this initiative by a year.

The deputy CM said that this initiative would be a great example not just for Delhi, but also for the entire region's water-stressed states.