LG held a meeting
– Photo: Amar Ujala
Cleaning of Yamuna will now be in mission mode. Its command has been taken over by Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena. While presiding over the first meeting of the high-powered committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Saturday, the LG gave clear instructions to the officials to adhere to the timelines.
The neglected hunting plan should have hit the target by now. Act fast on decisions without pushing deadlines. Any shortcoming on the part of the officials will not be accepted.
The Lt Governor took stock of the status of water quality in Yamuna and various drains in the city and took note of the status and deficiencies of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPS) and Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPS) in a meeting with officials. After taking stock of the past work, a concrete action plan for the future was discussed.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Government of India and the Government of Delhi. It was attended by Chief Secretary, Special Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Director General (NMSCG), Additional Secretary, Department of External Affairs, DPCC Chairman, MCD Commissioner, CEO of Delhi Jal Board, among others.
MP inspected the ponds of Wazirabad being revived
North East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari inspected the work of reviving dead ponds under the Yamuna Rejuvenation Scheme. Delhi Jal Board is developing them at a cost of about 35 crores. The dirty water of Jahangirpuri drain will be filled with 11 ponds made here by treating it with STP. It will be developed as a tourist destination by developing greenery on its banks.
Formation of high level committee after order of Supreme Court and NGT
A high-powered committee was formed on January 9 after the Yamuna was not cleaned despite orders from the Supreme Court and the NGT. The committee constituted in connection with the cleaning of Yamuna is being headed by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.
Eight parameters indicated for the future
- There will be an increase in sewage treatment capacity and augmentation of STPs in Delhi. In this, 40 new decentralized sewerage treatment plants (STPs) will be constructed at various places. Design of 18 existing STPs will be improved with the progress of work on three existing STPs at Kondli, Rithala and Yamuna Vihar.
- Drain tapping and sewage treatment will be improved in 44 sub-drains falling into the Najafgarh drain, 30 sub-drains falling into the supplementary drain and two sub-drains falling into the Shahdara drain.
- Extension of sewerage network from existing 747 to all 1799 unauthorized colonies and connection of drains/drainage system of 639 JJ clusters with sewerage network.
- 13 CETPs will be upgraded to treat and manage the source of wastewater from industrial areas.
- The system of septic tanks will be abolished by connecting faecal sludge management and eight lakh users to the sewage network.
- The flood affected plains of Yamuna will be rejuvenated.
- An action plan will be prepared for the use of treated waste water.
- Minimum environmental flow (e-flow) will be ensured in Yamuna through inter-state coordination.