Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Augmentation of the existing capacity of sewerage networks in the Capital
NEW DELHI: Even as the Delhi Jal Board is gearing up to get its ambitious project to resuscitate the Yamuna by constructing interceptor sewers off the ground, work related to augmentation of the existing capacity of sewerage networks and de-silting of sewers is way behind schedule.
The Jal Board has missed the deadlines that it had set and filed in an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court in 2006. And now with the delay the work could well be pushed back by almost a year.
“The deadlines set by the Board for completion of work for augmenting the existing capacity of sewerage networks and de-silting the sewers have been missed and the pace of ongoing work is slow. The work will not be over before the year ends,” say sources.The Board had proposed to enhance the existing capacity of sewage treatment to prevent sewerage from falling into the river and causing further deterioration of the waters.
“At the time of submitting their plans for cleaning the Yamuna, the Board had in the affidavits filed before the Supreme Court set a time limit to carry out the de-silting and rehabilitation work for 51 km of trunk and peripheral sewers and increase the capacity of sewage treatment plants from 350 million gallons a day (MGD) to 512 MDG, which is the installed capacity of the sewage treatment plants in Delhi,” say sources.
Referring to the missed deadlines, sources add: “The Board had claimed that the work of de-silting and rehabilitation of 51 km of trunk and peripheral sewers will be over by December 2008, but till date work is going on.”
Work on Punjabi Bagh, Jail Road, West Delhi, University Trunk Sewer, Ring Road and North Trunk Sewer was to be completed by December 2008. The Board is also lagging behind on work for getting several sewage treatment plants working to their full capacity. “The Najafgarh, Mehruali, Ghitorni and Narela sewage plants were supposed to be enhanced to their full capacity by December 2007, but that too has not happened,” say sources.
There are 17 sewage plants in the city, which have 512 MGD installed capacity, but only 350 MGD is being utilised and the remaining sewage finds its way into the Yamuna. Jal Board officials however claim that the work has picked pace and they are confident of covering the entire 51 km by the year-end.