The Delhi Government on Thursday said it will revive a lake in Tikri Khurd and the remaining treated water will be discharged back into drain number six which further meets the Yamuna.
Water Minister Satyendar Jain said revitalising the Tikri Khurd lake will not only save the environment from contamination but will also help in improving the depleting groundwater level in Delhi and simultaneously improve the natural ecosystem. “The remaining water will be supplied to nearby farm houses for gardening and other purposes,” Jain said.
He also instructed officials from the Flood and Irrigation department to develop a ten kilometer stretch of drain number six and develop it as a recharge zone.
Jain who inspected the Sewage Treatment Plant at Narela, also added that Delhi government has set a target to clean Yamuna before the next assembly elections. “The Yamuna receives 155 MGD of wastewater from neighbouring States, with 15 MGD coming from Haryana through Drain No. 6, 90 MGD coming from Badshahpur Drain, and 50 MGD coming from Uttar Pradesh,” he added.
The DJB classifies ponds of around 1 to 1.5 acres as ‘water bodies’ and larger ones as lakes.
Lakes are being connected to existing treatment plants to ensure a source of water.
The Delhi government will rejuvenate the lake at Tikri Khurd under its 'city of lakes' project, by using the recycled water discharged from the Narela STP.
This 'city of lakes' project was launched in 2018 to supplement water supply by recharging groundwater and recycling treated wastewater in order to meet the city's daily water demand.
The focus was to build new groundwater recharge reservoirs and rejuvenation of existing lakes.