Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday held out assurance that the Delhi Government would soon provide sewer facilities in about 200 villages and that the Delhi Jal Board is expected to construct 53 underground reservoirs by 2009 to improve water supply across the city.

Inaugurating an underground reservoir and booster pumping station of 1.7 million gallons per day (MGD) capacity at Kondli in East Delhi, Ms. Dikshit said the Delhi Government is trying to obtain raw water from Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Water supply to improve

“There is bound to be a substantial improvement in the water supply position in the coming years with the efforts that are being made,” she said. Twenty-eight of the 53 new underground reservoirs are due to come up in East Delhi, which is represented in Parliament by the Chief Minister’s son, Sandeep Dikshit.

The Chief Minister said the Delhi Jal Board had also commissioned a city-wide study with a planning perspective of 2011 and this had created a workable model to commission 109 underground reservoirs.

This would go a long way in improving availability and ensuring pressure of water in various areas.

During the programme, it was pointed that the new 1.7 MGD plant and pumping station at Kondli, constructed at Rs.7.06 lakh, would cater to a population of about 1.2 lakh.