Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited Cheonggyecheon stream of Seoul, which recently transformed from a pollution water body to a famous tourist spot, which AAP said to review and set an example for transferring the River Yamuna.
CM Kejriwal along with Urban Development Minister Satyender Jain has visited South Korea. This is Mr. Kejriwal’s first bilateral visit to the foreign land after he became the Chief Minister of Delhi.
He also went to the leg of the celebrated India Festival in South Korea at Yonsei University, “Sarang 2018” and praised Indian Embassy in the country for showcasing India’s heritage to their countrymen.
Mr. Kejriwal addressed and said that “I am extremely pleased to participate in this festival and happy that the embassy has taken initiatives to showcase India’s culture to Korea… And, this music fest is being launched today. I am very pleased, and I am here to attend a conference, to sign an agreement between Seoul city and Delhi city.”
Cheonggyecheon is over 8km long streaming flowing water body from west to east via downtown Seoul and then visited Jungnangcheon for the meeting, which links to the River Han and empties to the Yellow Sea.
Many years ago, Cheonggyecheon was an eyesore as the stream was wrapped with concrete roads and public transportation system was later allowed over it.
In the year 2005, Seoul Metropolitan Government underwent a restoration project of the stream and renewed it as well.
The purpose of the project was to preserve the unique identity of historic resources and natural environment in the Seoul’s Central business district and to expand the surrounding business zone with International Affairs, Information Technology, and Digital Industries.
AAP has also posted photos of Mr. Kejriwal visit on Tweet.
Aam Aadmi Party Tweets, “Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal & Urban Development Minister @SatyendarJain visit the Cheonggyecheon stream in downtown Seoul. Cheonggyecheon stream was a dirty polluted stream stretched around 11 km, said to be urban regeneration marvel as it is now a tourist hotspot.”
The party continued that “CM @ArvindKejriwal is in Seoul for Twin City Agreement b/w Delhi & Seoul on Pollution, Water, Public Transport, Education & Urban Devp. If Cheonggyecheon stream in downtown Seoul can be regenerated to a tourist hotspot, why can’t river Yamuna & drains in Delhi is revived?”
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, a Carnatic music concert was also organised at the Tonsei University.