The basin of Barapullah Nullah, one of the biggest storm water drains in the city, can hardly be described as a source of beauty. All that’s set to change. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is embarking on an ambitious plan to rejuvenate and beautify the basin by building urban plazas, ecological corridor, weekly markets and cultural streets in the area over which an elevated road has been built to connect Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium with Ring Road near Sarai Kale Khan.
The project, worth over Rs 25 crore, has already been conceptualized by the land agency, and work has been started on two sites one near J N Stadium and another in the Sarai Kale Khan area.
‘‘The tender for project work has already been awarded. Work on the two sites will be completed before the Commonwealth Games,’’ said a senior DDA official. According to officials, work on the rest of the basin will only commence once PWD, which is constructing the Barapullah elevated road, finishes work on the flyover.
Added the DDA official, ‘‘For now PWD has agreed to hand over only 300m of the basin area (along the Nizamuddin railway bridge), as well as the sites where the elevated road starts on Ring Road and ends at JN stadium.’’ At the Ring Road site, opposite Siddharth Extension, DDA is planning to build a ‘sun dial’, which will be the focal point for the entry to the elevated road.
The project, which will cover areas near Siddharth Extension, Jangpura, Nizamuddin West, Pant Nagar and JN Stadium, will be spread over 4.6km. Divided into zones corresponding to a colony that’s adjacent, the design parameter of that zone has been influenced by the demography, said an official connected with the project. For instance, zone 5, which is along Siddharth Extension, represents the middle-class demography of the colony. In this zone DDA plans to build cultural streets, food court, and urban plaza with outdoor sitting, city-level urban park and greenery.
Similarly, the stretch along Jangpura will have a walking trail, cycle track, weekly market, children’s play area and wooden street furniture as it is a regularized unauthorized colony, added the official. Zone 3, which is near Nizamuddin west, will be an ecological corridor with herbal gardens.
Zone 1 and 2 will have the most elaborate landscaping, admit DDA sources. Zone 2, which starts from near JN Stadium and includes Pant Nagar, will have an urban plaza with outdoor seating, food court, fountain court, lotus wetland. Walkway decks, sculptures and tensile structures will also come up, specially in Silver Oak Park.
‘‘The Barapullah elevated road will end on the eastern side of JN Stadium. Here, DDA already has the Silver Oak Park, next to the Metro station, which will be landscaped for the Games,’’ added the official. Pedestrian connectivity from the Metro station to a foot-over bridge coming up at Sewa Nagar and then on to the stadium will be provided. An urban plaza with artifact display, outdoor seating, lighting and flagpoles as well as a fountain court has also been planned.
Zone 1 between Defense Colony and JN Stadium will see Kushak Nullah being covered as part of the project. The work is on. In this area a senior citizen zone, children’s play area, outdoor gym facility, jogging tracks, gazebos, toilets, bookshops and flower shops will come up. DDA, in association with the local RWA, will build a terrace garden on the covered drain.
TOTAL LENGTH 4.6km
COLONIES ON THE WAY:
Siddharth Extn, Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, Jangpura, Nizamuddin West, Pant Nagar, Silver Oak Park, Jawaharlal Nehru stadium
Silver Oak Park:
Urban plaza with artifact display, outdoor seating, lighting, flagpoles, foutain court & food court. Pedestrian connectivity from Jangpura Metro station to FOB to JN stadium.