Quality of drinking water in Delhi good: Sheila

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New Delhi, Mar 25 (UNI) The quality of drinking water being supplied in Delhi is very good, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told the Legislative assembly today.

Speaking during reply to a question by Congress MLA Subhash Chopra, the Chief Minister said a recent report by the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) said the drinking water in Delhi was of excellent quality.

On a question related to efforts being made by the state Government for the cleanliness of the river Yamuna, Ms Dikshit said under a scheme devised by the state Government it was proposed to build interceptor sewers along three major drains - Nazafgarh, Supplementary and Shahdara going into the Yamuna river.

Outlining steps by the Delhi Government to reduce water pollution in the city, the Chief Minister said it was proposed to increase the capacity of the water treatment plants from the existing level of 512.4 MGD.

It was also proposed to increase the capacity of the water treatment plants along the Delhi gate drain and the Dr Sen Nursing home drain.

Among measures to reduce air and noise pollution in Delhi, the Chief Minister said under the Green Delhi Scheme 2007-08, 18.90 lakh plants were proposed to be planted across the city. Further, many public awareness campaigns like the Green Delhi Campaign, 'Say No to Crackers', 'Play Holi Naturally' and 'Say No To Plastic bags' had been launched by the state Government.

Ms Dikshit said that to curb air pollution in the city, Delhi Government had created an Air Ambience Fund for which a cess of Rs 0.25 per litre on sale of diesel had been proposed. The fund would be utilised to convert diesel vehicles to CNG mode.

Shee said a regular monitoring of air quality at 40 locations in the city was being done every month by the Delhi Pollution control committee.

At the same time, she admitted that maintaining the air quality level in Delhi was an uphill task considering the ever increasing number of private vehicles in the city.

''The number of vehicles in Delhi is increasing at such a fast pace that maintaining the air quality level is becoming increasingly difficult. Still, I can confidently say that the air quality level in the city is far better than it was in the pre-CNG era in Delhi,''the Chief Minister said.

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