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L-G forms a group of experts to tackle water problem in Delhi

It was felt that the government must develop a long term master plan to address the water and sewerage issues in Delhi. (source: AP) It was felt that the government must develop a long term master plan to address the water and sewerage issues in Delhi. (source: AP)
Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: June 19, 2014 5:42 pm

 

With Delhi facing acute water shortage, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday formed an advisory group of experts that will work out an action plan and guide the government in tackling the issue.

The five-member advisory group of experts, to be chaired by Babubhai Navalawala — a water expert and an adviser to Gujarat government on water issues, will guide Delhi Government on issues related to water management.

The advisory group was constituted by Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday to work out an action plan and create task forces which will execute specific plans and report to the unified command of the Advisory Group, officials in LG House said.

The LG highlighted three critical areas which require immediate intervention, in terms of water and sewerage planning and execution for Delhi. They are storm water drains disposing untreated sewerage into the Yamuna, developing the Yamuna itself and raising the water table in Delhi.

Apart from that, during a meeting on Wednesday, Jung also approved a number of short term measures to improve the availability of water in Delhi, like setting up of water ATMs, facilitating sewer connections and releasing water to unauthorised colonies etc.

It was felt that the government must develop a long term master plan to address the water and sewerage issues in Delhi.

“We must draw from best practises and work out a comprehensive plan for Delhi which will be able to cater to
the growing needs of the city,” Jung said.

The advisory group would meet on a monthly basis to review the progress.

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