The Delhi Government will save approximately Rs 600 cr in the Okhla barrel project, Water Minister Satyendar Jain announced on Thursday.
The 15 km long barrels carrying 115 MGD of waste water will now be made at a reduced cost of Rs 60 Cr and the old sewage carrying barrels at Okhla will be constructed in two years.
Directed Government officials to complete the project at earliest, Jain said, “these are old barrels and have exhausted their usual life. Among these, the oldest barrel was made by the British in 1938, while the other two barrels were constructed in 1956 and 1985. Minister instructed officials to lay down a new pipeline of 2200 mm diameter made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) material parallel to existing conduits on priority to provide immediate relief to the area. It will be followed by rehabilitation of the oldest barrel that was constructed in 1938 within 4 months.”
He further instructed DJB officials to complete the rehabilitation of the second barrel constructed in 1956 and cleaning of conduit made in 1985 within 2 years.
These barrels run parallel to each other and carry 115 MGD of wastewater from South and Central Delhi and terminate at the Okhla Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).