- Water Minister Kapil Mishra releases DJB’s comprehensive Summer Action Plan for Delhi’s citizens
- DJB’s Summer Action Plan made with 4 rounds of consultation with 70 MLAs from across Delhi
- Water production increases to 900 MGD; water supply to reach165 new unauthorized colonies in next 6 months
- Proper infrastructure plan created for water deficient areas in 40 constituencies and vulnerable area for water contamination in 55 constituencies
- Sewage treatment capacity increased from 380 MGD to 455 MGD in one year
Water Minister and Chairman of Delhi Jal Board Kapil Mishra announced the Summer Action Plan of the Delhi Jal Board to tackle any problems related to water shortage, contamination or infrastructure gap related issues to ensure that Delhi citizens don’t bear the brunt of the harsh summer ahead.
The Delhi Jal Board will be producing 900 MGD on a daily basis, with erstwhile closed down plants in Dwarka and Bawana, after being restarted by the Delhi Government producing extra 55 MGD combined. DJB is also creating additional sources of raw water, with the installation 12 new tube wells at Palla increasing raw water supply from 20 MGD to 35 MGD. Further, 60 New tubewells in different locations, rehabilitation of ranny wells and tubewells and replacement of old pumps/motor in WTPs, Booster stations will ensure that Delhi produces enough water for all its citizens.
On to the issue of water quality, it has been ensured that the stock of essential chemical like chlorine and alum is budgeted for, while a new ammonia treatment plant has been installed to prevent frequent closure of Wazirabad and Chandrawal plant due to high ammonia quantity. To ensure potable water which is wholesome and meets prescribed drinking water standards as per BIS-10500: 2012, all the 12 DJB water testing laboratories including 7 zonal laboratories have been fully geared up for intensive checking of water samples at the plants and at the consumers end. Water samples are checked on daily basis to ensure adequate surveillance of quality of water that is being supplied to the citizens.
Water Minister and Chairman of the Delhi Jal Board Kapil Mishra said, “The most important part of DJB’s Summer Action Plan is that it has been made with 4 rounds of consultations with all the MLAs of Delhi. A consultative and comprehensive infrastructure plan was created to solve the problems faced by water deficient areas in 40 constituencies and vulnerable areas for water contamination in 55 constituencies. 25000 Fixed Points have been identified after consulting with MLAs for deployment of water tankers. These fixed points are reducing from 30000 to 25000 due to extension of water pipelines, which is another achievement of DJB. Simultaneously, the efficiency of water tankers has increased over time. DJB used to do 4930 trips per day in 2014, which increased under the Delhi Government to 5920 trips in 2015, and is scheduled to scale to 6400 trips per day in 2016.”
He added, “To increase the piped water supply network, DJB is currently laying pipelines in 69 colonies, work has been awarded in 199 colonies and estimation and tendering is currently in process in 32 colonies. 342 out of 660 JJ Clusters will be provided with piped water supply by 2016. These are giant steps taken by the DJB to fulfill our CM Arvind Kejriwal ji’s dream of getting piped water to every home by December 2017. 250 New Tankers will be deployed in addition to existing 407 tankers by onset of summers 2016 to strengthen departmental water tankers fleet and to cover up phased out old departmental water tankers. In addition to deployment of water tankers, work of installation of Water ATMs and E-Piaos shall be expedited for availability of drinking water in deficit areas.”