Professor emeritus at the Department of Environmental Studies, DU, C.R. Babu has helped develop biodiversity parks along the Yamuna. In a conversation with Ushinor Majumdar, the member of the NGT-appointed expert committee explains how they estimated the restoration cost of Art of Living’s World Culture Festival:
How did the expert committee estimate Rs 100-120 crore as cost for restoration?
We had photographed the damages and estimated the cost of the damage and restoration. The debris which has been flattened on the ground and is now at different depths, will have to be removed with JCBs. The restoration process will not be easy and then you have to rebuild the wetland communities and bring back the vegetation.
How long will it take?
It will take between five to 10 years as per our experience in restoring other floodplains around Delhi such as Jagatpur where we developed a biodiversity park. You have to regain the sedimentation and develop vegetation. In...