Leisure Hub Coming On Gurgaon's Badshahpur Drain
Work has started to convert a six-km stretch along the Badshahpur drain in Gurgaon into a leisure and entertainment hub. The idea was conceptualised by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) in July last year with an aim to keep encroachers at bay. The promenade-inspired area will be located between sectors 48, 72 and 34, adjacent to the drain with two ends being close to Tatvam Villas on the Sohna Road and the MCG office in Sector 34.
The project will be constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
The hub will have facilities such as cycling, walking and jogging tracks, basketball and lawn tennis courts, open-air gymnasiums, sitting area, food courts, green belts along with open-air theatres, small ponds and parks.
Since the hub will be centrally located, it will be easily accessible for Gurgaon residents. It would be barely 10-feet away from the main drain and will be buffered by a green belt, which would make way for open parks and benches. Other amenities such as sports area and gym will be planned along the extreme right. There would be three lanes in the centre and will have a cycle track, a walkway and a jogging track. The stretch will be ready in five months.
Environmentalists are concerned about the concretisation of natural drain which has never happened earlier. In January, an application was accepted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) challenging the Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority’s decision on concretising the 29-km Badshahpur drain through reinforced cement concrete (RCC) pipes, which stops groundwater from recharging. Also, problems of silting and clogging are also compounded that create a situation of urban flooding during monsoon. The carrying capacity of the drain also reduces. However, the original building plans have been modified marginally to account for rainwater harvesting pits as a source of recharging groundwater, to solve the issue.