Urban Design > Water Front Design > Randarda-Lalpari Lake Development

The Ministry of Environment and Forests had launched two National level schemes viz., National River Conservation Plan & National Lake Conservation Plan (Year 2001). The schemes were put under a separate directorate. Since beginning both the schemes has successfully carried out conservation and management of major rivers and lakes. In the backdrop of this it has been decided to cover all million plus city of the state of Gujarat by lake conservation measures. As part of the NLCP, Rajkot city has also decided to prepare twin lake conservation and management plan. Therefore, a proposal leading to prepare the Detail Project Report for Conservation and Management of twin lakes of Rajkot city was prepared and submitted. BPS Architects were involved jointly with RMC in preparation of the proposal report.

The Twin Lakes comprehensive conservation plan has been developed to address important natural resource, compatible wildlife-dependent recreation, and administrative needs. River Lalpari is one of the smaller tributaries of River Aji. Lalpari flows on the right bank of Aji primarily from east to west. Lake Lalpari was constructed by the erstwhile rulers of Rajkot state in 1895 with generous grants and engineering supervision of the English. It was part of what came to be known as Victoria Golden Jubilee Water Works. Lake Randarda is formed south and upstream of Lake Lalpari. Relatively smaller in size at 0.9 sq km, it gets its water from the surrounding hillocks and the surplus runoffs from Aji Dam built to its south.

Considering the eco-sensitivity of the area and the cultural context, the conservation/development work of the whole area was divided in to five major zones and each were assigned various degree of access:

Cultural and Recreational Zone open to general public
Environmental Education and Mass Awareness Zone controlled access
Eco Observation and Monitoring Zone restricted entry
Organic Farming Zone private entry
Catchment Management Zone restricted entry

This access pattern is designed to not let the common public feel let out in the process but to ensure a basic minimum segregation of daily direct/indirect human intervention in those areas which are considered ecologically sensitive. Further, activity based zoning will ensure ease and efficiency in maintenance of the new development with minimum harm to the water bodies.

It is envisaged that at the end of complete implementation of each of the above zones, a clear demarcation of various areas of the lake would emerge, that will eventually help restore the ecosystem to its original state.