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In 2 years, potable water availability in city will rise by 20%, pledges CM
In bid to solve the perennial scarcity of potable water in the national Capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced a slew of measures, including the “Singapore Model” to treat waste water from sewage treatment plants (STPs).
After inspecting the Coronation Sewage Treatment Plant in Burari, Kejriwal said such projects will put an end to city’s water woes. “Rolling out several projects to increase water availability by 15-20 per cent in next 2 years and 50 per cent in the next 5 years. Hopefully no water problem (will be there) in Delhi after that,” tweeted Kejriwal.
Some city areas are facing acute potable water crisis but we are working to improve the situation, the CM told the media, adding that the work of developing 200 lakes has been started for which consultants have been hired. Kejriwal said the reports in this regard will be out in eight months.
“Water from STPs will be treated to high quality level and then will be taken to Palla barrage and released in Yamuna Channel. Water will then flow to Wazirabad. In the process of travel, water will further purify in the natural manner. Then it will be lifted at Wazirabad and treated further at Wazirabad WTP,” Kejriwal said.
The Coronation Sewage Treatment Plant project will start functioning by June 2019, the CM said. The STP will have three-phase work. Elaborating about phases, the Delhi Government spokesperson said in the first phase starting next June, 70 million gallons per day (MGD) from Coronation STP will be sent to Wazirabad through Palla and then the treated water would be supplied to households as potable water.
“The Phase II will start in December 2019 and 40 MGD from Rithala STP would flow to Wazirabad,” a release read.
The third and final phase will start in June 2020.
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