The AAP government has set a target of ensuring piped water supply in entire Delhi by the end of 2017 in its budget presented today in the Assembly. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia presenting the budget said the government has resolved to provide piped water supply in all the authorised, unauthorised colonies and JJ clusters by the end of 2017.
He said Rs 2,107.9 crore has been allocated for water supply and cleanliness in the fiscal 2017-18. As per Economic Survey of Delhi (2016-17), 81 per cent of the households have access to piped water supply.
As per 2011 census, there are 33.41 lakh households in Delhi of which 27.16 lakh households are getting supply of water through pipelines.
The budget highlighted the government’s focus areas of providing improved water supply and quality besides reaching to new areas through water pipeline.
Sisodia said last year was historical in developing infrastructure for water supply as 309 unauthorised colonies were provided water pipelines since the government came to power in Delhi.
So far 1,200 unauthorised colonies have access to piped water supply. Further 200 will be brought under piped water supply system, the budget statement said.
The government has also proposed to take a big step towards water quality and continue with modernisation of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) workshops.
DJB is working for round the clock water supply with emphasis to provide clean drinking water through taps. This scheme will launched in some colonies this year and will be extended to cover the whole city, it said.
The water supply network is being modified and the supply system of the city is being evaluated under the ‘walk the line’ programme. It will help preparing a database on shortcomings of the network.
The government will continue the scheme of free 20 KL water consumption. Under the scheme 12.50 lakh consumers have received zero water bills even as DJB has earned a profit of Rs 178 crore.
The distribution network has been strengthened with replacement of 70 km long damaged and clogged water lines. 250 new steel tankers have been procured boosting DJB tanker fleet to 7,000.
DJB has planned for increased number of e-Pyau at public places with the help of corporate social responsibility (CSR) investments.
The budget also mentioned the government’s emphasis on rain water harvesting as Delhi depends on other states for its requirements. Total 20 MGD water production will be increased through eco-friendly methods in 2017-18.
DJB has launched a rainwater harvesting project in Burari and efforts are being made to increase water production with other means including installing of 92 tubewells, resotring of 100 old tubewells.
The government will prepare a work plan to revive old water tanks and ponds. The underground water reservoirs in karala, Maongolpuri and Mongolpur Kaan will be started this year.
The government is setting up a 70 MGD sewage water treatment plant near Coronation Pillar which will the the lowest in terms of cost in the country, Sisodia said.
Sewarage treatment plants at Dill Gate(15 MGD) and Yamuna Vihar (25 MGD) have been started while work has been awarded for 315 MLD sewage treatment plant which will be completed in two years, he said.
All the old STPs will be rehabilitated to increase the quality standard of treated effluents up to BOD less than 10 ppm.
The government has hired an Israeli firm for consultancy regarding modification of supplementary drains. A pilot project for desilting and uplifting of 8.5 km range from Mukarba Chowk to Wazirabad will be taken up this year.
The project for laying of interceptor sewers along three major drains — Najafgarh, Supplemenatary and Shahdara — will be completed soon. It will be a milestone for cleaning and beautification of Yamuna. This model will be followed for cleaning major drains in Delhi.