As part of its efforts to reduce pollution in the Yamuna, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) implemented the Interceptor Sewer Project, launching its first package in Dwarka on Monday.
The project will lay 59 kilometre-long interceptor sewer lines to ensure that only treated sewage is discharged in major drains. The first package includes increasing the capacity of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in Dwarka from 20 million gallons daily to 40 million gallons daily.
Speaking at the launch in Dwarka — an area affected by water shortage — Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu said, “I congratulate the officials of DJB for the implementation of both Package – I of the Interceptor Sewer Project and Water ATMs. Our government has been continuously supporting DJB in its endeavour.”
Stressing on the importance of the project, Naidu said, “The revival of the Ganga and the Yamuna is our government’s top priority. Implementation of the Interceptor Sewer Project will ensure that around 70 per cent of the pollution load going into the Yamuna is prevented.
Interceptor sewers will be laid along three major drains in the capital — Najafgarh, Supplementary and Shahdara — to check sewage flowing from 180 subsidiary drains. Moreover, the sewage will be directed to the nearest Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) so that only treated waste is discharged in the drains.
Divided into six parts or packages, the project expenditure will amount to Rs 1, 962 crore.
Monday’s event also saw the inauguration of five water ATMs — cashless water vending machines which can be used through smartcards — in Dwarka. According to the DJB, each consumer will be issued a smartcard to take water from these kiosks at 20 paise per litre.
“Water ATMs will provide good quality water at a nominal price. This will benefit the residents of this area,” Naidu said.
Elaborating on DJB’s plans for providing easy access to water, CEO Vijay Kumar said, “Water ATMs are an effort to supplement water supply in deficient areas and make safe drinking water available to the people of Delhi. Residents can get potable water round-the-clock at their doorstep, without depending on any other source for drinking. DJB plans to install 80 more Water ATMs across Delhi by March 2015 and a total of about 500 ATMs within a year.”