Under the Smart City Project, the NGT has approved the continuation of the remaining efforts to enhance the beauty of the Ayad River, with a budget of Rs. 75 crore. Instead of using cement concrete, a geosynthetic strip will be filled with sand and stone and then pitched for water recharge purposes. The 9-meter channel created in the center of the river, designed in the form of a canal, will remain undisturbed, allowing a continuous flow of water. The NGT has placed restrictions on the corporation, prohibiting the construction of multi-storey buildings in the vicinity of the river during this project. Following this decision, Mayor Govind Singh Tank and officials associated with the Smart City Project have clarified that the work will be accelerated and is expected to be completed by the month of January.
The court rendered this decision in response to a petition filed by Dr. Tej Razdan, who serves as the Secretary of the Lake Conservation Committee. Advocate Rahul Chaudhary from New Delhi presented the case on behalf of the committee. Furthermore, it is worth noting that Smart City Limited had submitted its revised plan in written form to the Central Pollution Control Board (NGT) even before the final hearing took place.
As per this information, the base of the channel under construction in the center of the river will not incorporate concrete. With the exception of the channel walls and occasional small toe walls, Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) will be entirely excluded from the project. Instead, stones will be pitched on the riverbed within the channel to facilitate groundwater recharge.