Tata has signed an agreement with the government of Rajasthan for the rejuvenation of the Dravyawati River.
The Indian conglomerate has teamed up with the Shanghai Urban Construction Group for the project, which will be funded to the tune of INR16.76 billion (US$250 million) by the Rajasthan government. The overall aim is to transform the drying river into “an environment friendly tourist destination” and to prevent flooding of nearby areas.
The 47km-long Dravyawati River flows past the Nahargarh Fort, the famous landmark that overlooks the city of Jaipur. It has deteriorated in the last 100 years however, due to a reduced water flow and serious pollution.
The Tata consortium will now be tasked with revitalising the river, with plans to clean up the Dravyawati, build more than 100 structures to improve the water’s flow, plant approximately 16,000 trees and develop 65,000m² of “green area” in the river’s vicinity.
The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2018, and the consortium will be responsible for the maintenance of this project for 10 years after the completion date.