by Richi Verma, TNN | Aug 29, 2012, 09.27PM
NEW DELHI: After eight months of neglect, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has signed an MoU with India National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) for the maintenance and upkeep of Hauz Khas lake. The MoU is for a two-year term, and has been signed majorly because of rising complaints over the condition of the lake.
According to officials, the 13th-century lake,built by Alauddin Khilji,in the park had started stinking again in the past few months thanks to a fresh supply of sewage water. Studded with the remains of the Khilji dynasty at Hauz Khas Village on one side,the lake had become a reservoir of untreated sewage water that only repels nature lovers coming to the park for fresh air every morning. Earlier also, INTACH had been maintaining the lake but the last contract expired and for eight months, DDA was looking after the lake. A fresh contract has been signed with INTACH again,'' said a senior DDA official.
INTACH was an active partner in the lake restoration project till 2009 after which the contract was handed over to a private party.Since then,the environment and forests ministry has also been involved with the lake restoration project after residents complained to then environment minister Jairam Ramesh.