Lakhs of people living in unauthorised colonies across the city will finally have water and sewerage facilities as the Delhi Jal Board is clearing a range of projects on Tuesday.
At a board meeting, the water utility gave its go-ahead to a 33-km-long distribution and peripheral pipeline in Swaroop Nagar, an unauthorised colony. The Rs.4.80-crore project is expected to give potable water to 75,000 people.
The DJB also cleared a Rs.25.68-crore proposal to lay water mains of the Karala underground reservoir, which will benefit two lakh people in unauthorised colonies and villages. The 24-km pipeline will supply water from the 3.62 MGD underground reservoir and will be complete in a year and a half.
The DJB will also be signing a memorandum of understanding to take over land in the Delhi Cantonment for making an 8 MGD waste water treatment plant. “Not only will we reduce the waste water flowing into the Yamuna, but 8 MGD of drinking water will get saved as the treated effluent from this plant can be used for horticulture, etc.,” said DJB spokesperson Sanjam Chima.
Sewers to be laid
With large amounts of sewage flowing into the Yamuna, curbing pollution in the river is on top of the DJB’s agenda. A total of 280 internal and peripheral sewers lines will be laid in the catchment area of the Yamuna Vihar water treatment plant, Mustafabad and Gokulpur sub zones I and II. This is expected to benefit 3.5 lakh people living in 30 unauthorised colonies.
A 101.09-km-long sewer line in Gokulpur and nearby colonies will benefit around four lakh residents and another pipeline in Samaipur will provide sewerage facilities to 1.8 lakh people. Around one lakh people living in Narela are expected to benefit from a 67.94-km sewer line.
Infrastructure to be upgraded
Apart from the new initiatives, the DJB will be replacing 30-year-old old pipes feeding water to the Okhla treatment plant and those carrying water from the Haiderpur plant. Water mains from Janakpuri district centre to Tilak Nagar red light on Outer Ring Road will be relocated to facilitate the Public Works Department elevated corridor project.