Remnants of once widespread historical marshes in Delhi, which previously extended from Azadpur to present-day banks of the Yamuna river, can now only be seen near Jahangirpuri, Dheerpur and Burari-most of them have been lost due to extensive land-use change. Since wetlands are increasingly appreciated globally and nationally for their socio-ecological functions and provisions, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) decided to restore the wetlands of Dheerpur.
Fragments of these wetlands have been filled up, dyked, dried and carved out for seasonal agriculture. Hence, it may not be enough to only stop their further degradation of wetlands of Dheerpur but would also be necessary to restore them for posterity. With this view, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has entered into a Management Agreement with Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), where the land ownership remains with DDA, and AUD would restore the wetlands. DDA would help in civil work, funding research and restoration work, whereas AUD is entrusted with providing technical guidance for restoration and maintenance of the wetlands.
Learn and explore more about Dheerpur, and how CUES has envisaged the project along with the recent developments: Dheerpur Wetland Project