Delhi govt to extend water network to Okhla
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APRIL 27, 2011: The Delhi government has decided to extend water network to unauthorized colonies, including some parts of Okhla. Also, a budget has been put aside for this purpose. In the initial phase the work will start of from Bawana WTP. Efforts will be made to stop water leakages and get full domestic metering done in these areas. Besides, problems of consumer will also be addressed. Senior officials of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) have confirmed the new development.
The DJB announced that the Board is planning to spend Rs 1716.28 crore to improve water and sewerage system in the city. Besides, the DJB will also deal with the problem of pollution in the River Yamuna. Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of the DJB presented the plan to Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit, who is also chairperson of DJB. The DJB said: “The water network has been extended in 744 unauthorized colonies and sewer network in 98 colonies. To give immediate relief to the public in pocket areas with water shortage, additional tube wells have been bored/re-bored and about 100 water tankers will be deployed for supplying potable water for far-flung areas, JJ Clusters and deficit prone areas.”
A huge sum is to be spent on the water and sewerage sector. Of the total amount, some Rs 925.05 crore has been reserved for the water sector. It includes grant-in-aid Rs 70 crore for MLA priorities. The government also plans to spend Rs 0.55 crore for rainwater harvesting. Nearly, Rs 9 crore will be spent for JJ Clusters and Rs 136 crore for water supply in unauthorized colonies.
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