4 villages to get sewer lines, 3 lakh people will benefit, says Sisodia
The Delhi government on Friday approved a plan to lay sewer pipes in four villages and 36 unauthorized settlements, one of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s poll promises.
According to officials, areas like Bijwasan, Najafgarh, Shikarpur, Burari, Sangam Vihar which currently have poor drainage systems will have proper sewage systems which will benefit about 3 lakh people.
“Currently, sewage from these areas is discharged into local ponds, septic tanks and storm drains, which then discharge indirectly into the Yamuna. In such a situation, 8.25 million gallons per day of sewage reaching the Yamuna will be treated,” MP CM Manish Sisodia said after endorsing the project at the Delhi Jal board meeting.
26.5 km sewer line in six unauthorized settlements in Bijaswan, 82.79 km sewer line network in Najafgarh, 17.25 km sewer line in Shikarpur, 35 km sewer line in 12 unauthorized settlements of Deoli and Sangam Vihar, and a 24 km sewer line at Burari to be laid as part of this project which is estimated to cost Rs 1,855 crore.
The government has also planned to upgrade six sewage treatment plants (STPs) across the city and Rs 1,367.5 crore has been allocated for this. Besides, several other projects and decisions were made during the meeting, aimed at reducing water pollution and cleaning up the Yamuna.
The officials added that lakes will also be developed near the Okhla STP to recharge the groundwater level. The treatment plants that will be upgraded under this project are Kondli, Coronation Park, Rohini, Pappan Kalan Lake, Narela and Nilothi.
Sisodia said these treatment plants will be manufactured with the latest technology to comply with biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and total suspended solids (TSS) effluent standards of 10 mg/litre.