Ahead of summers, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) will hire consultants’ to study feasibility for 24-hour water supply in Delhi. In its 144th board meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, the DJB approved projects including extension of scheme of levy or recovery of development charges of water and sewer, hiring of consultations for Rejuvenation of Defunct Oxidation (RDO) pond.
According to an official of Delhi Government, the board approved hiring of a consultant for the study to maximise water supply to residents DJB supplies 900 MGD water daily through approximately 1,400 km of transmission and distribution networks.
“These consultants would suggest creation of district metered areas to improve water distribution network, achieving better water pressure management, less contamination, less leakages etc. It will also reduce non-revenue water connections, which are as high as 47 percent in Delhi,” read a statement from Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
Meanwhile, the DJB extended deadline till June 30, 2019 for the residents having unauthorised water connection and want to get a regular one at normal rate.
Now, regularisation of unauthorised water connection would be done at a nominal amount of Rs 500 per connection for domestic consumer and Rs 1,500 for commercial and industrial connections
The board also approved the appointment of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) for technical support for revival of defunct ponds with RDO pond technique. “Proper completion of the project at total cost of approximately Rs 30 crores would create this pond into a tourist attraction. Board approved the creation of lake along with biodiversity cum wetland park in the area spread over 40 acres in Timarpur,” the Government official said.
Beside this, the board accorded approval to the proposal of extension of scheme of levy and recovery of development charges of water and sewer at reduced rates for domestic connection in case of colonies falling in D, E, F, G and H Category of unauthorised colonies up to June 30.