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Supply from Sonia Vihar plant begins

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Aug 8 (UNI) Water gushed out of a multi-crore rupee water treatment plant of Delhi today, promising better supplies to about four million people in the southern and eastern parts of the capital and testing pipelines said to have begun rusting in part because of the long wait.

The first instalment of 65 million-gallon-a-day (MGD) was released from the Sonia Vihar plant on a trial basis today, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials said. This would be augmented to the capacity 140 MGD over the coming days as the system stabilises.

Work on the plant started in 2000 and was completed in 2004.

It received 80 cusecs of water initially from the Upper Ganga canal, but remained idle the next summer and thereafter as differences surfaced between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh over the sharing of water.

Many meetings later, Uttar Pradesh finally agreed to release water for the plant. Supplies over the last few months enabled DJB to begin flushing operations at the plant -- built at a cost of about Rs 750 crore -- before the release of water today.

Uttar Pradesh would have to supply 300 cusecs of raw water to the plant on a continuing basis if the Plant is to continue functioning and the DJB is to fully meet the water requirements of citizens in South and East Delhi.

According to DJB officials, the present water supply of 670 MGD in Delhi was far short of the total requirement of 900 MGD.

The commissioning of the Sonia Vihar Plant was expected to enhance water supply by 25 per cent.

Forty-nine underground reservoirs and pumping stations have been planned to meet the water requirements of Delhi over the next four-five years.

UNI VN LS ND1714

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