Work on Chandrawal water treatment plant to start soon
NEW DELHI: The work on the Chandrawal Phase-2 water treatment plant (WTP), the first to be set up in the national capital after a gap of 13 years, will begin this month, according to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).
The plant will augment the DJB's water supply by 106 million gallons per day. Chandrawal Phase-2 will have the advanced technology of ozonisation and activated carbon to ensure un-interrupted working of the plant.
"It will be able to treat high ammonia content up to 4 ppm (parts per million) in the raw water. Earlier, the plant had to be shut down due to presence of 1 ppm of ammonia in the raw water and resulted in disruption in water supply in its entire command area," said Delhi Jal Board Vice -Chairman Dinesh Mohaniya.
"This will resolve issue of frequent stoppage of WTP due to ammonia discharge by Haryana. The capacity will be constructed in addition to the existing 90 MGD plant," the DJBV C Mohaniya said.
"We did not set up the plant earlier because we did not have water for it. It's pointless to have a plant when you do not have raw water. Now, water is available with us. The work is likely to start on June 24 or 25," DJB Vice-Chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said.
The new WTP will be constructed at a cost of Rs 598 crores in three years. Currently, the utility is supplying 900 MGD of drinking water to the city on an average against the demand for 1,120 MGD. The peak production is around 935 MGD. There are a total of 11 water treatment plants in the national capital, a DJB official said.
The deficit of 204 MGD means immense misery for lakh of people. Almost 80.31 per cent of Delhi's houses today have piped water supply and Delhi Jal Board even takes water 1153 of the 1650 unauthorised colonies.
The command areas under this project broadly consists of the Old Delhi areas of Chandani Chowk, Pahari Dhiraj, Idgah, Civil Lines, Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar, Malkganj, Rajinder Nagar, Shadipur, Patel Nagar, Naraina, north and west Delhi including the bulk supply areas of the NDMC and the Cantonment areas.
The BJP and the Congress have been trying to corner the AAP government in Delhi over the alleged water shortage. On Tuesday, a Delhi BJP delegation gheraoed the office of DJB CEO Nikhil Kumar protesting over the issue.