Thirty two years after the highest flood of 1978 the Yamuna river is expected to flow more than two metres above the danger mark in
In the State of Delhi the flood plain of the Yamuna measures about 15,000 acres or 6,000 hectares. That is a lot of land and no wonder the capricious triumvirate of politicians, bureaucrats and realtors have been drooling from both ends of their mouths at the very mention of this vast expanse of vacant land. They want to own, usurp in some way or sell this land because they fear that if they are not able to do it their successors, for sure, would not fail in doing so. Even at an extremely conservative Rs.10,000 per sq. metre this land is valued at a mind boggling Rs.60,000 crore. Naturally then they have been colluding, scheming and planning on how to build on this land in the name of development, in the name of providing civic amenities to the city’s suffering masses or whatever.
In the recent times, the first two major government-approved encroachments on the flood plain were made when the BJP-led NDA was ruling at the centre. They were the Swaminarayanas’ Aksharadham temple on 72 acres and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s
More damaging in its reach was a talk in
Let this flood in the Yamuna be a warning to the land grabbing class that they can not take nature for granted and that when nature strikes back it does strike really hard. Unfortunately, it is the city’s poor who would bear the brunt of the flood and not the real culprits who have violated the sacrosanct laws of nature for their selfish gains.