DJB board nod to 20 MGD WTP at Okhla to improve Delhi water supply

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New Delhi, July 30 (UNI) In a step that is expected to substantially improve water supply in many localities in Delhi, a proposal to set up a new Water Treatment Plant (WTP) at Okhla was today approved in a board meeting of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

The WTP, approved at the DJB meeting, presided over by its Chairperson and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, would come up within 21 months after the awarding of work.

Among other decisions, the Board meeting, attended by the CEO (DJB) Arun Mathur, Principal Secretary (UD), Chairperson NDMC, Board Members and senior officers of the DJB, also decided to continue the scheme of payment of water bills through 92 post offices.

It also approved laying of Bela Road Trunk Sewer through micro-tunneling, laying of sewer lines in some more rural villages and purchase of 28,000 water meters to the NDMC.

Briefing mediapersons after the meeting, Ms Dikshit said a 20 MGD Okhla WTP, to cost around Rs 107 crore, would become operational within 21 months after award of work for which source of water would be raw water saved on completion of Munak Canal.

The project also includes construction of a raw water pumping station at Wazirabad including its Ancillary works.

Ms Dikshit expressed confidence that this would help in substantial improvement of water supply in many colonies.

She added that the Board has also sanctioned the laying of Bela Road 6.3 km trunk sewer line by micro-tunneling. This would be completed before February, 2010, and cost Rs 33 crore. It is a Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) Phase-II Project for which assistance from the Japan Bank for International Corporation has been received.

The Chief Minister said the Board has decided to lay sewer lines in some more rural villages including Karawal Nagar, Sadatpur, Dayalpur, Garhi Mandu, among others. Laying of sewer lines in 25 rural villages is already in progress.

The Board has given its nod for purchase of 28,000 water metres to the NDMC on similar conditions as approved by the DJB. It has also extended scheme of payment of water bills through 92 post offices as consumers have been finding it convenient to make payment of their bills. The scheme has been extended till further orders.

Earlier it was being extended on a year-to-year basis.

The Board also approved several projects of feeder lines to be laid connecting the UGRs and shifting of some lines.

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