About the Behrampur Bundh
The Behrampur Bundh is an approximately 800-metre-long area that runs from Intellion Park in Gurugram to the Behrampur Naya Village. It is one of the remaining Bundhs in Gurugram and is part of the larger Ghata Jheel, playing an important role in managing stormwater and recharging groundwater. Currently, the Bundh is heavily encroached on and has been divided into two parts, with a main road running through it to reach the SEZ. While the West section of the Bundh suffers from erosion, dumping of waste and wastewater accumulation, the East section which is home to a stone masonry culvert is relatively free of waste and other debris.
The Eco-Restoration of the Bundh
The restoration and improvement of the Behrampur Bundh by iamgurgaon present a unique opportunity to promote and revive the natural wilderness in the area. By planting native species of vegetation, the region can support the restoration of biodiversity and provide a sustainable ecosystem for the local flora and fauna. To further enhance this, the reuse of waste and a low structural footprint approach will ensure that the area remains as close to its natural state as possible. This will not only contribute to the environmental health of the region but also provide a scenic and rejuvenating experience for visitors and residents alike. By prioritising ecological sustainability, the Behrampur Bandh can serve as a model for sustainable urban development.
Stormwater management is a critical aspect of ensuring the long-term ecological health of the Behrampur Bundh. With increasing urbanisation and changing land use patterns, it has become even more crucial to find innovative solutions to deal with the challenges posed by heavy rainfall in the area. In this context, slope stabilisation, flood mitigation, and groundwater recharge are essential in reducing the impacts of stormwater runoff. Slope stabilisation involves making slopes stable to prevent erosion and soil loss during heavy rains. Flood mitigation reduces flood risks and damage through physical measures such as embankments and non-physical measures like land-use planning. Groundwater recharge replenishes the groundwater table by adding water to soil and subsurface rock formations through means like infiltration basins and recharge wells, maintaining the water balance and ensuring a steady supply for human and ecological needs. Thus, by taking a holistic approach to stormwater management, it is possible to create sustainable solutions that benefit both the environment and the Gurgaon community.
The rehabilitation of the Behrampur Bundh will also provide for urban trails and interactive spaces that can offer a range of benefits for communities, including opportunities for passive recreation, social interaction, and environmental education. These spaces can provide a platform for people to engage in low-impact activities like walking and cycling, promoting physical activity and fostering a sense of community. They can serve as gathering places for people of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging socialisation. Additionally, urban trails and interactive spaces can provide educational opportunities, teaching visitors about the local ecosystem, the importance of conservation, and their role in protecting the environment.
The iamgugraon initiative will therefore promote not only health and wellness but also sustainability in urban Gurgaon.