‘Desilting of 32.58 km of trunk, peripheral sewer lines completed’

New Delhi: Desilting of 32.58 km out of the 90.34 km of the trunk or peripheral sewer lines in Delhi has been completed and the remaining work will be completed by June, officials said on Saturday.

Saxena who is also the Chairman of the National Green Tribunal-appointed High-Level Committee (HLC) for the rejuvenation of river Yamuna, on Friday, reviewed the progress of works on desilting of trunk sewer lines and trapping of sub-drains falling into the Najafgarh drain, a senior official of Raj Niwas said.

The Lt Governor also reiterated that Yamuna ghats and floodplains will be cleaned by June 30, while other works will continue simultaneously.

Seventeen major sub-drains falling into the Najafgarh Drain and 13 sub-drains in the Supplementary Drain have been completely trapped, he said.

Since taking charge as the chairman of the HLC, after the NGT’s order of January 9, he has chaired three monthly meetings of the committee, apart from reviewing the progress of works through several intermittent meetings with concerned officials, the official added.

It was informed of the 90.34 km of the trunk or peripheral sewer lines that were targeted to be desilted by June 2023, 32.58 km have been completed already and the remaining will be completed well within June when the monsoon sets in, officials said. Saxena directed that the remaining 530 km of sewer lines (45 km span with one metre and above diameter, and 485 km span with less than one-metre diameter), be completed by the end of this year.

Major sewer lines where works have been completed or are in progress till now, are Moti Nagar trunk, gravity duct I, Keshavpur and Nilothi trunk, Kalyan Vihar, GT Road, Vijay Nagar, etc. in Narela, and Coronation Pillar trunk, Okhla trunk and Dwarka trunk, officials said.

The Lt Governor was also informed that of the 44 major sub-drains falling into Najafgarh drain identified for trapping, 17 had already been trapped and the remaining will be trapped by October this year, they said.

The major sub-drains trapped till now include Hakikat Nagar drain, Shakti Nagar sub-drain 2, Rana Pratap Bagh drain and Balak Ram drain.

Similarly, of the 30 sub-drains falling into the Supplementary Drain, 13 drains had been trapped and the remaining will be trapped by October. The sub-drains trapped include the Badli sub-drain, Wazirabad sub-drain and Rohini Sector 16 sub-drain.

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