Greater Noida Authority Undertakes Ambitious Revival Of 23-Km Natural Waterway Into Vibrant Riverfront For The Region


The Lohia Drain rejuvenation initiative will include lush green zones, recreational parks, and water bodies — making it the largest recreational enclave in both Noida and Greater Noida.

A 23-km long natural waterway — the Lohia drain — that had dried up over time, is being rejuvenated by the Greater Noida authority.

The authority has undertaken this rejuvenation project with a goal to not only restore the water body, but also create a sprawling riverfront covering 250 acres for the satellite town, neighbouring Delhi.

According to officials, this initiative will include lush green zones, recreational parks, and water bodies — making it the largest recreational enclave in both Noida and Greater Noida.

The chief executive officer of the Greater Noida authority, Ravikumar N G, has expressed that this project will not only enhance the appeal of the area but also serve as a solution for managing rainwater, which often leads to waterlogging within the city, reports Hindustan Times.

The plan for the riverfront includes the creation of captivating and functional landscapes along the drain’s expanse — in order to promote recreational activities, active mobility, and social interactions.

This will involve the development of green spaces, meandering promenades, cycling tracks, and pedestrian pathways. These additions are expected to further enhance the overall appeal and usability of the rejuvenated Lohia drain.

In addition, officials have announced plans to improve the design and maintenance standards of the existing cycle tracks, tree plantations, and parks.

The water body — which starts near Surjapur Wetland and passes through residential and industrial areas before ending at Momnathal — has faced numerous environmental challenges that have disrupted its ecological balance.

The pollution from industrial, residential, and agricultural sources, along with encroachments and improper waste disposal, has resulted in the deterioration of water quality and habitat.

Additionally, the drain is prone to flooding during heavy rainfall, posing risks to road infrastructure and public safety.

According to the HT, the drain used to be a significant natural water body in the district. It played a crucial role in recharging the groundwater table and preventing flooding or waterlogging in newly-developed urban areas.

Unfortunately, due to encroachment and negligence by the authorities, this water body has deteriorated.

“The objective of the project is to create a well-connected corridor that improves mobility and integrates neighbourhoods. The project will include the development of the waterfront, complete civil and landscaping works, and the cost of cleaning the drain, establishment of water treatment units, or any other infrastructure,” said another Greater Noida authority official.

“Moreover, existing infrastructure, including roads, bridges, utilities, and transportation networks, will be upgraded to improve connectivity and accessibility within Greater Noida,” the official added.

To implement this vision, the authority has released a ‘request for proposal’ to select a consultant responsible for developing a comprehensive architectural and landscape plan for the revitalisation of the Lohia Drain’s waterfront.

The deadline for submitting applications is 6 September, and the evaluation of technical bids will take place on 8 September.

The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority also approved the Master Plan 2041 for the city on 12 August, signalling the future growth of the region.

The Master Plan 2041 will act as a blueprint for the second phase of Greater Noida’s development, providing a boost to industrial growth in the region.

The region is also planned for massive expansion while acquiring 40,000 hectares for its development under the masterplan, in the next 18 years.