The work on the 250 metre stretch of the Barapullah Nallh and the area surrounding it will rank as one of the most difficult tasks that the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has taken up in Nizamuddin – in terms of the complexity of the task involved, the number of team members involved, co-ordination required with multiple agencies and the inhuman working conditions.
A section of the Barapullah Nallah flows along the southern edge of the Basti. Until the 19th century, this together with other Delhi nallah’s (drains) was considered a river or at least a tributary to the River Yamuna and known by the same name. Over time this historic nallah that carried rain-water had become a dirty drain with waste water, solid waste and sewage. In the past few years, portions of the nallah have been also used to build an elevated road causing the main culet to break in many places and also dumping of very large quantities of construction waste. Construction waste from Nizamuddin Basti has also been dumped illegally over the years which also one of the reasons for the irregular flow of the Nallah.
The section of the Barapullah Nallah along the Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti was taken up for landscaping the green space with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affair and after tiring efforts of the project team, has become a significant green open space that has transformed Quality of Life for the large population living alongside the Nallah.
All aboard the safai express: At this south Delhi colony, kids lead the way
Apart from the beautification, the biggest challenge for Aga Khan Trust for Culture was connecting the toilets in the 144 homes to the main trunk sewer.
How this Safai Express became envy of neighbours in a south Delhi locality
With all the hard work of kids, the look of the area between Barapullah Nallah and the Khusro Nagar in the national capital has been transformed.