Dravyavati River: Pollution & Rejuvenation

Recently, there as been NEWS of Bosh Plant being given permission to start functioning again, after the State Pollution Control Department, was satisfied with the measures taken by company to prevent discharge of polluted water in Dravyavati River. Let us look at the issue of Pollution in Dravyavati river & Steps taken to rejuvenate the river, in some details:

Dravyavati River

Dravyavati River originates from the western slope of Amber hills at the foothills of the Nahargarh Fort in Jaisalya village and flows through the west side from Jaipur city, north to south over a length of 47.5 km to meet river Dhund. Most of the Jaipur’s population stays in the 10 km of the periphery of this river. The river collects storm water from all the adjoining areas such as Ambabari, major portion of Walled City, Sanganer town and Pratap Nagar, etc.

Pollution in Dravyavati River

Dravyavati River, which is also known as “Amaanishaah naala”, has lost its flow and purity of water in past couple of decades. Sewerage mixed with domestic waste water and industrial waste from various city areas drains into the river through Nahri ka Nullah, Jawahar Nullah and various streams that feed through structured/unstructured sewerage system of the colonies.

Rejuvenation:

dravyavati-riverTo change the fate of the river and make Jaipur a better city, Jaipur Development Authority ( JDA ) had proposed a project for Rejuvenation of Dravyawati River.  Further in August 2016, JDA has given a contract to a consortium of Tata Projects  and Shanghai Urban Construction Group at a project cost of Rs1,676 crore to complete the project by October 2018.  Activities included in Project include:

  • Amortization of 170 MLD polluted water.
  • Check dams & fall structures will be constructed to brake the flow of water during Monsoon, prevent soil erosion and improve the depleting water-table of the city. 85 such check dams and 122 fall structures shall be constructed.
  • Nearby land of this project will be developed with Parks, Parking, Theaters, Fountains etc.
  • The consortium will be responsible for the maintenance of this project for 10 years from the completion of the project.