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AAP-BJP tussle kills revival plan of dying city lake

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2016

New Delhi, Dec 29, 2016 : AAP-BJP political battle in the capital has claimed an unlikely victim -one of the last natural water bodies in north Delhi. A plan to revive the dying Naini lake in Model Town was prepared a year-and-a-half ago by a top biologist but it hasn't been implemented as control of the lake changed hands from the city government to the municipal body.On August 3 this year, the BJP-controlled north corporation decided not to renew the Delhi tourism department's lease to manage the la ke. This was after a sustained citizens' campaign had forced the department, which comes under Delhi government, and north corporation to sign an MoU to revive the lake. The civic body junked the agreement, deciding in stead to "redevelop" the lake on its own despite being cash strapped. Five months have elapsed, but Naini's water is still greenish and turbid, devoid of life. Its regenration will provide a blueprint for revival of other waterbodies, say environmentalists.

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