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State Govt taking all possible steps to meet water shortage:CM

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 30 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the state Government was taking all possible steps to ensure that the residents did not face any shortage of water this Summer.

The Chief Minister who, as chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board, approved the DJB's Budget Estimates for the year 2006-2007, told reporters here that adequate funds would be made available to the DJB for meeting the drinking water requirements of the people of Delhi.

On the issue of the refusal of the Uttar Pradesh Government to release Delhi's share of 300 cusecs of water from the Tehri Hydroelectric project to the Sonia Vihar water treatment plant, she said Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz had been requested to convene a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on the issue.

''The Water resources ministry also favours release by UP of Delhi's share of 300 cusecs, now that the Tehri Project is giving its total output of 4000 cusecs of water,''Ms Dikshit said.

She said there was no plan to increase water tariff in any category till adequate water supply is available for the citizens of Delhi.

Among the steps on the anvil to mitigate the shortage of water in the capital, work on construction of 102 km parallel lined channel from Munak to Haiderpur is in progess and being executed by the Haryana Irrigation department.

About 65 per cent of work on the project had been completed while the balance was likely to be completed by the end of financial year 2006-2007.

The other steps undertaken by the Delhi Government to cope with shortage of water include setting up round-the-clock control rooms in the DJB and including representatives of the electricity companies and the DJB in the CM's control room which will be operational from April 1. Besides, 25 chemistry graduates will be roped in from April 15 to pick up water samples from all over the city and an SMS facility will be launched from March 27 to register consumer complaints.

Further, the DJB is executing the works of re-cycle of waste water at water treatment plants at Wazirabad, Bhagirathi and Haiderpur. This is likely to generate 37 MGD of additional water. The works would be completed by March-April 2007 and their progress is being monitored on a daily basis. Efforts are also on to improve the existing distribution system.

''Improvement in the distribution network is to ensure that there is equitable water supply in various areas so as to minimise water shortage,''the Chief Minister said.

As part of its endeavour to mitigate shortage of water, the DJB also proposes to provide piped water supply in 29 additional unauthorised colonies, as also deploy a fleet of 1100 water tankers to supply potable water to far flung areas.

Infact, DJB CEO Arun Mathur stated that the primary focus for the next year would be augmentation of water resources through re-cycling of the backwash water at water treatment plants, arresting leakages and giving incentives to consumers through rain water harvesting in order to restore the quality and level of ground water.

To provide more facilities to the consumer, the DJB will be taking several initiatives including exploring possibility of payment of DJB bills through the various citizen bureaus of the MCD.

To ensure that the water bills reach the consumers in time, a tie-up with distribution with the department of Posts is being firmed up.

The budget also makes a provision for a comprehensive audit of various Water Treatment plants and pumping stations of the DJB.

As per the DJB Budget Estimates for the year 2006-2007, the revenue of the DJB during the year is expected to be Rs 499 crore while the net expenditure will be approximately Rs 699.51 crore. The deficit between the expenditure and revenue generation will be met out of the non-plan assistance of Rs 200 crore.


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