Government Mismanagement in handling Najfagarh Drain is troubling farmers

The Government of India has always taken up the matter of sustainable development on global forums. But under the nose of policymakers, the Millennium City is unable to manage the overflowing of Najafgarh drain. Due to this, 5600 acres of land, which cover villages like Dhankot, Mohammadhari, Kherki, Makdaula, Daultabad, Chandu etc, is submerged underwater for the last many years.

1500 farmer families are dependent on these 5600 acres of land, where some time ago corn, wheat and vegetables were cultivated. Now, the filth of the garbage has turned the fertile land into the wetland and is unfit for agriculture purpose. This is the result of the imprudence of our policymakers. Najafgargh and the sarbati river used to be an ecological part of Delhi and Aravali range, but now it has been reduced to a mere drain.

Earlier birds tweeted here, now the land has become desolate. How did this happen? This is the question everyone wants to know even the children of Dhankot, Mohammadhari, Khedki, Makdaula and other villages are interested in knowing the reason. I believe the Haryana State Planning Commission and the district administration should provide an immediate solution to the problem.

 After 1990, when Gurgaon started growing, we must have planned our needs as per the growing population. Our government earned profit in the form of taxes from the growing population but failed to invest in managing resources.

 Today around 1500 families are on the road as well as millions of people are suffering from the pollution of Najafgarh drain. The Central Pollution Board is with a view that 67% of the pollution in Yamuna River is due to the Najafgarh drain. Though the government is running programs like water conservation mission and clean India mission, I think the success of these programs cannot be ensured until we clean old water bodies.

I think that the embankment of the Najafgarh drain is the immediate solution to this problem and the sewage treatment plant is the long term solution.