Aimed at developing the city’s urbanised villages, L-G VK Saxena Saturday launched the ‘Dilli Gramodaya Abhiyan’ from Northwest Delhi’s Jaunti village.
To be funded and implemented by the Delhi Development Authority, the campaign has an earmarked amount of more than Rs 800 crore which will be utilised for creation and upgradation of basic infrastructure, livelihood, scientific livestock management, healthcare, proper land use, and water management among other objectives.
L-G House officials said the campaign was launched with the commencement of work on Delhi’s first grazing ground in the village on a 7-acre plot, meant to provide fodder to nearly 4,000 livestock in Jaunti and adjoining villages and provide the locality an open green space free of encroachment.
“A water body adjoining the ground will be rejuvenated in a week. The grazing ground will have a water channel on its periphery to ensure rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge,” officials said.
Saxena, who planted saplings of Moringa and grasses like Napier grass on the ground, said this “first experiment with a grazing ground in Delhi” will ensure stray cattle on roads, eating from garbage dumps and suffering due to malnutrition and accidents, get a proper ecosystem for their sustenance.”