Community-level sewage plant in offing
“Waste water from kitchen, bathroom and sewers will be drawn from separate drains to the plant, where it will be treated before being released in ponds and other water bodies,” said Ashish Khetan, Vice-Chairman of the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC).
The government has decided to implement the project on a pilot basis in Aya Nagar colony, which is a village-cum-unauthorised colony as it does not have sewer line.
“In the first phase, we will take up 75 houses in Aaya Nagar as sewage and waste water from households is polluting a pond in the area. The project will be helpful in conserving water bodies in the city as well,” he added.
As per the plan, the government will extend the project in over 1,000 colonies, which lack proper sewage system and discharge waste in ponds.
As per a recent survey, most of such water bodies are situated in villages and unauthorised colonies. In most cases, they have been encroached upon. “The cost of the technology is less than the cost of sewer lines in the area. In addition to that, residents will have to pay only the fee that they need to pay for a sewage connection. Therefore, there will not be any additional burden,” said Khetan.
The DDC Vice-Chairman added that his government is committed to connect all colonies in the national Capital with sewer lines, besides conserving water bodies.
Khetan said budget would not be a constraint for the project. “The Delhi Jal Board has been directed to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the project,” he said.
He said that Delhi government would inaugurate the first Mohalla Clinic in the Peera Garhi area on Sunday. These Mohalla Clinics, as announced by the AAP-ruled government in the Budget, will cater the minor health problems of residents.