April 1, 2016
““Rivers are the lifeline of any city and government is committed to clean river Gomti.” ~ Akhilesh Yadav
At the time when most rivers are facing extinction and choking with industrial and urban pollution, an effort to restore the lost glory of Gomti in Lucknow is a challenging task, said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, laying foundation stone for the Rs 3,000-crore Gomti riverfront development from his official residence. The state government is committed to making Gomti a clean river and asked officers to ensure time bound completion of the pending works of the beautification of the Gomti River with due quality in mind.
Chief Minister has recently reviewed the progress of beautification of river related works. Reiterating that his government is committed to ensure a clean and pollution free Gomti, Mr. Yadav pointed out that no river can be cleaned unless the rivers, small and big drains merging into it are made pollution free.
With this, he added, it is necessary to ensure that infrastructure facilities, garbage disposal systems are improved and managed well. To make a channel in the river, a 12 km long and 16 metre deep diaphragm wall has been made and to ensure that sewage and other polluted water does not find way into the river water, a 27km parallel drain was being constructed and a pilot project has been executed to purify through biotechnology, dirty water flowing into the drains.
“Gomti is not mere flowing water, but a cultural heritage and the future of Lucknow.” An army of engineers have created a record of sorts by halting the river course and de-silting it using dredgers to ensure a clean flow of water and assured Gomti riverfront is going to be the best in the country.
To make the Gomti riverfront a world class one, the consultant appointed is the one behind designing of similar river fronts in Singapore and Malaysia. To ensure perennial flow into the river Gomti, it would be connected to the Sharda/Sharda tributary.
The riverfront project would be an amalgam of modern facilities like cycle track, jogging track, sports zone and greenery and local culture.