In a meeting held on Friday, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) announced its annual budget for Rs 3594.83 crore with projects such as supplying piped water supply to around 158 new colonies, commissioning of new underground reservoirs and extending sewerage facilities to more colonies.
With the commissioning of Dwarka and Bawana Water Treatment Plants, the water production level, according to the DJB has seen a rise.
As opposed to the earlier production level of 835 million gallons daily (MGD), the production has increased to an average of 870 MGD with the DJB claiming to have reached a peak production of 878 MGD.
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“This has also resulted in better water availability and an improved distribution network, benefiting a sizeable population residing in the capital city. Apart from this, DJB has achieved a major milestone in the sewerage sector where there has been a remarkable increase in the sewage treatment,” a DJB official said. Similarly, sewage treatment has also seen a jump – from 370 MGD to 410 MGD.
Elaborating on the plans for laying sewer lines, DJB maintained that internal and peripheral sewer lines will be laid in Gokulpur and Karawal Nagar constituencies using Trenchless Technology which is used in areas with dense habitation.
Estimated to cost around Rs 21.60 crore, this measure is expected to “improve the social and environment conditions of the areas, thereby benefiting the 6.50 lakh population residing there,” the DJB official said.
Meanwhile, with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directing the DJB and other agencies to start work on the Maily se Nirmal Yamuna Revival project, estimated to cost Rs 3659 crore, the DJB also announced a slew of measures which would be taken in this regard. From setting up 31 Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and 27 sewage pumping stations, the DJB also plans to lay sewers across a distance of 600 km as part of the project.
Elaborating on the additional measures that the DJB is expected to take, the official said, “We have to ensure that all the existing STPs are made to operate efficiently and up to their optimum capacity, within two months. An online monitoring system at the existing STPs will also be introduced and the information on performance of the STPs would be put in the public domain.”