River Yamuna enters Delhi at its northern border with the state of Haryana. The location of entry is known as Palla. The river flows 48 kilometres in Delhi before leaving from the southern border at Okhla barrage. First 26 km of river’s flow in the city-state are unobstructed, free from pollution too. Wazirabad barrage is the first obstruction to flow of the river in the city, it is also a major catchment for municipal supply within the city. Further 22 km flow of Yamuna in Delhi is impeded by urban activities including extensive bridging of the flood plain, discharge of treated and untreated sewerage flows.
The 22 km stretch between Wazirabad barrage and Okhla barrage has 14 existing bridges and 2 more are under construction. This means a bridge every 1.35 km on average. These operational bridges are listed as below –
Wazirabad Barrage (Road)
Signature Bridge (Road)
Yudhishtir Setu at Kashmiri Gate ISBT (Road)
Red Line between Kashmiri Gate and Shastri Park (Metro)
Old Yamuna Bridge (Rail and Road)
Rajghat – Geeta Colony Bridge (Road)
Vikas Marg between ITO and Lakshmi Nagar (Road)
Blue Line between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank (Metro)
Pragati Maidan – Purana Qila Bridge (Rail)
Nizammudin Road Bridge (Road)
Pink Line between Nizammudin and Mayur Vihar (Metro)
Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) Flyway (Road)
Okhla Barrage (Road)
Magenta Line between Kalindi Kunj and Okhla Bird Sanctuary (Metro)
The upcoming bridges are –
Extension of Barapullah Elevated Corridor to East Delhi
New Yamuna Bridge as a replacement for Old Yamuna Bridge’s railway traffic.
Incidentally, of all the bridges over the Yamuna in Delhi only the Old Yamuna Bridge or the Iron Bridge spans the entire floodplain of the river while all other bridges are pseudo bridges and span only the perennial flow of the river and remaining is covered by a bund, which obstructs the flow of water in the river. This situation is a hazard – both from an environmental as well as safety perspective and can add to flood vulnerability.
Note: There are many instances where design appears to fail, where people through their use or behaviour subvert or reject design intentions, in the public realm that remains in plain sight and goes unnoticed by most of us in everyday life. This study revolves around and maps out instances where trees become the anchor point to interpret the correlation between the design intentions and behaviour of various users of public spaces. The study focused on the 3 km stretch from University Road to Navrangpura Gam in Ahmedabad.
Trees in the city play an important role, they are widely distributed from the middle of the road, on the pavement, in between the boundary walls. They are living landmarks that define space, contribute to air quality, and connect us to nature. Despite their ubiquity, most of us take trees for granted and know little of their civic virtues. The photo essay looks at the problems and possibilities of the trees in structuring the public realm of a street. In what way they are considered a liability by the designer while an opportunity, to inhabit, appropriate and exploit spaces they create, by the users in various ways. Continue reading “To Tree Or Not To Tree”→
The beautiful Chandlai lake is located on urban-rural fringe of Jaipur. It appears to view after 1-2 km drive on taking right detour from Shivdaspura village on Jaipur-Tonk road. As one approaches the lake, there is a decline in temperature and increasing sensation of cold. In the haze of winter mornings the horizon looks lost beyond the Lake Island, which falls midway between the waters giving illusion of an endless sea. Looking at the lost horizon one feels like going out on a boar to explore and search it down. Continue reading “Chandlai Lake – An Urban Hope”→