Noida Dialogue

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1,000 ponds in Noida and Greater Noida to be profiled for rejuvenation

July 22, 2019

To ensure that ponds and other water bodies are not illegally encroached upon or destroyed in the future, the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration, which had set a target of rejuvenating 1,000 ponds across the district, has started profiling them.

Of the 1,000 ponds being profiled, 474 ponds are in Dadri, 281 in Jewar, and 245 in Sadar, that cover parts of Greater Noida, Noida, Dankaur and Bisrakh.

These ponds make up a total area of 4.5 square kilometres (448.418 hectares). Of the 474 ponds in Dadri, at least 150 have been encroached upon and converted into illegal residential colonies, said, officials.

Officials added that of the rest of the ponds in the three regions, some have been levelled, some have been used for road or railway construction, while some are disputed or encroached upon for building religious places, or are being used to dump garbage.