The Capital’s oldest water treatment plant, the Chandrawal WTP, is all set for renovation and reconstruction. On Friday, the Delhi Jal Board approved plans for its renovation using funds loaned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The meeting of the Board was chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who is also the chairperson of the DJB.

“The Chandrawal WTP constructed in 1930 is the oldest water treatment plant in Delhi. In an effort to meet the projections made in the Master Plan 2021, DJB undertook a study on improvement of water supply in Delhi with JICA’s assistance. The project includes improvement of the WTP, installation of SCADA, new transmission mains and distribution pipes and replacement of old ones, creation of district metering areas etc.,” said a spokesperson.

Post restoration of the Chandrawal WTP, water distribution in the command area is expected to improve, DJB officials said.

“This project is important from the environment point of view as well as it will reduce power consumption and distribution losses. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.1704 crore for a period of 10 years,” said the spokesperson.

More revamping

The Board has also approved the revamping of the existing water supply, transmission and distribution network under the Nangloi Water Treatment Plant command. The work was awarded at a capital cost of Rs.652.32 crore, which includes the cost of road restoration.

Work related to the operation and maintenance of the Haiderpur 16 MGD Recycling Plant at an estimated cost of Rs.18.62 crore for a period of five years and efficient sewage management in unauthorised colony in Ganesh Nagar in Pandav Nagar was approved.

“The Board has approved the work of laying 280 mm diameter to 500 mm diameter internal sewer lines in the colony. The scheme will benefit about 19,000 people at a cost of Rs.6.46 crore,” said the spokesperson.

Sewerage facility will also be provided in Mohan Garden Group of colonies.

To prevent leakages, the Board has approved the laying of internal sewer lines in unauthorised colonies of Dallu Pura, Durga Park, Gharoli and Kondli areas and in West Vinod Nagar.

“The Board had also approved the rehabilitation of various sewers of sizes varying from 450-1200 mm diameter in Shakurbasti Constituency. These sewer lines are silted up, badly damaged and settled at various places, the sewage is being pumped into open drains. The project is expected to be completed in 18 months with a total estimated cost of Rs.44.30 crore. Work of replacing the irreparable pipelines from Baba colony to Burari UGR will also commence soon with the Board giving sanction to the project,” the spokesperson said.

Rural development

To provide sewerage facilities in seven rural areas in and around Ranhola village and protect water bodies from pollution, the Board has agreed to the construction of a 5.50 MGD lift pumping station.

“To improve consumer complaints redress system and provide consumer-friendly environment, the Board gave its approval for the setting up of consumer care centres at the DJB office in Greater Kailash-I and the Jal Sadan office complexes. The Rs.6.15 crore project is likely to be completed in 15 months. These centres will have all the modern facilities and are proposed to be designed to facilitate redress of complaints related to water, sewer and billing under one roof,” said the spokesperson.

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