Monday, March 23, 2009

DJB summer plan has room for 1,429 more colonies (Indian Express- 24 March 09)

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Monday released its action plan for the summer to tackle Delhi’s water crises. The 2009 plan will cover 1,429 additional colonies.

To improve its services this summer and successfully meet any exigencies, the DJB has geared up all 25 water emergencies in the city. Nodal officers of the rank of superintending engineer will be deputed at each water emergency for their proper and periodic checking. They will also have a provision for trained staff with computers and telephone facilities.

“DJB tankers have been made roadworthy and new filling points have been added for quicker tanker-filling,” a DJB release said. There are approximately 17 lakh registered water connections and 138 water filling points in the city.

According to figures, in 2008, a total of 341.44 km of new water lines were laid and 177.83 km of old and corroded water lines were replaced.

At present, the DJB has seven Water Treatment Plants (WTP), including the state-of-the-art Sonia Vihar Water Treatment Plant. In 2008-09, around 810 million gallons per day (MGD) of water was produced as compared to 750-770 MGD in 2007-08. This included 100 MGD from ground water sources.

Delhi has the highest number of underground water reservoirs in India to store water from treatment plants, which is then pumped through the distribution system to ensure equitable water supply.

The Haiderpur Recycling Water Treatment Plant, which was commissioned recently, has augmented the city’s water supply by 16 MGD. Three additional Water Recycling Plants — Bhagirathi, Wazirabad and Chandrawal — are likely to be commissioned this year to add to the city’s water availability by 29 MGD.

“A special task force is also being set up under each maintenance executive engineer to attend to urgent maintenance needs. The Enforcement department will oversee the effective deployment of water tankers in water deficient areas,” the release said.

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