A 26-acre pond in Pala, which is being used to trap flood waters from the Yamuna River, has helped raise the groundwater level in the area by 0.5 to 2 metres, according to the Delhi government.
Al Baraka was launched as a three-year pilot project in 2019, and was in its final year in 2021. The project will now continue this year as well, with a call from the Delhi government.
A total of 33 pressure gauges were installed near the project area to determine the impact of the pond on groundwater levels. For the project, the government took control of 40 acres of land in the village of Sungherpur near Palla, about 30 acres of which was taken under a three-year lease from farmers in the area.
Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, who held a meeting with irrigation officials and flood control department Thursday, said. The government plans to expand the project by creating more reservoirs between Pala and Wazirabad.
The call from the government also mentioned that there is regular extraction of water in the area by farmers, who extract about 4,000 milligrams and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), which extracts about 16,000 milligrams.
In 2019, a rise of about 1 to 1.3 meters was observed in pressure gauges, while a rise of 0.5 to 2 meters was observed in 2020, according to a note on the status of the project prepared by Irrigation Department and Flood Control officials. Before last year’s wind season. The pond was filled with flood waters in the monsoons in 2021 as well.