Uttarakhand News

Uttarakhand to follow Gujarat’s Sabarmati river model to revive dying Rispana

by Abhay Aswal
Jan 04, 2018

Senior administrative officials of Uttarakhand government are looking at Gujarat to draw inspiration for their ambitious plan to revive the almost dried-up Rispana river in Uttarakhand. Rispana river is one of the major sources of water in Dehradun and is currently in an abysmal condition. The officials are studying the model that has been adopted for the rejuvenation of Sabarmati river by the Gujarat government. A team of officials will also visit Gujarat shortly to study the model.

Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Image Courtesy)

The Rispana riverfront will be similar to the one in Sabarmati. The first step that the Gujarat government did was to revive the river and clear its bank of encroachments. We will also select rivers and lakes across Uttarakhand where these models can be implemented. The CM had earlier given instructions to prepare an action plan to develop lakes on the lines of the Kankaria Lake that has an amusement park, food stalls and a toy train.

– Utpal Kumar Singh, Chief Secretary (Uttarakhand)

The state government also aims to develop various lakes in Tehri, Nainital and other areas in Uttarakhand as tourist destinations.┬áThe lakes in Uttarakhand will also follow the Gujarat model after CM Rawat’s recent visit to┬áKankaria Lake in Ahmedabad.

Inputs from Times of India