Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development inaugurates DJB’s …

Sh. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development inaugurates DJB’s Interceptor Sewer Project and Water ATMs
Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, the Chief Guest at the function

Sh. Venkaiah Naidu, the Hon’ble Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs inaugurated Package-I of the Interceptor Sewer Project at Pappankalan STP at 9.30 am and subsequently, Water ATMs of DJB at Dwarka, today, i.e., 27th October, 2014. This is a major contribution by DJB towards ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.

Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, was the Chief Guest at the function. Sh. Parvesh Verma, the Hon’ble MP, Sh. Rajesh Gehlot, local MLA, Sh. D.M. Spolia, Chief Secretary, Delhi Government, Ms. Shashi Tomar, Councillor, Sh. D.S. Mishra, Additional Secretary(MoUD), Sh. Rajendra Kumar, Secretary(UD), Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Sh. Vijay Kumar, CEO, DJB and other senior officials of DJB, Engineers India Limited (EIL) and Delhi Development Authority(DDA) were also present at the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Venkaiah Naidu, the Hon’ble Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs said, “I congratulate the officials of DJB for the implementation of both, Package- I of the Interceptor Sewer Project and Water ATMs. Our Government has been continuously supporting DJB in its endeavors. The revival of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers is our Government’s top priority. The implementation of the Interceptor Sewer Project would ensure that around 70% of the pollution load going into the river Yamuna is prevented. The Water ATMs have made good quality water available at a nominal price and this will benefit the residents of this area.”

Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, said, “I appreciate the endeavors of the officials of Delhi Jal Board and Engineers India Limited, to revive the water quality of the river Yamuna. This is one of the focus areas of our Government. This has been made possible by the completion of the challenging task of Package I of the Interceptor Sewer Project. I also congratulate the residents of this area. The Water ATMs are a perfect example of how technology can be used to bring a progressive change in the lives of people.”

Sh. D.M. Spolia, Chief Secretary, Delhi Government, congratulated the residents of the area and said, “The installation of Water ATMs would ensure health, equality and dignity of life for people living in these areas. I believe that these ATMs will not only bring a remarkable improvement in the living conditions of the residents of this area but will also help in improving the present environmental conditions.”

Sh. Vijay Kumar, CEO, Delhi Jal Board said, “At DJB, it has been our aim to bring more and more areas into our water and waste water network. Water ATMs are an effort to supplement water supply in deficient areas and make safe drinking water available to the people of Delhi. The residents can get potable water round-the-clock at their door-step, without depending on any other source to fulfill their drinking water needs. DJB plans to install 80 more such Water ATMs across Delhi by March 2015 and in total, about 500 ATMs within a year”

The Interceptor Sewer Project involves the laying of interceptor sewers in a length of 59 km. along the three major drains (i.e. Najafgarh, Supplementary and Shahdara) to intercept sewage flowing from 180 subsidiary small drains and convey it to the nearest Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) to ensure that only treated sewage is discharged into the major drains. The project is divided into six different packages. The works that come under these six packages are: Interceptor Sewer, Manholes, SPS and Rising Main. The cost of the project is INR 1962 Crore, this cost includes the O & M cost for the entire project components for a eleven (11) years inclusive of 1 year of Defect Liability Period.

Under Package-1 of this project, the work of augmentation of the existing capacity of STPs at Dwarka from 20 MGD to 40 MGD is being done.

DJB has also set up Decentralized Drinking Water Treatment Plant based on RO treatment technology with Water Dispensing Machines (ATMs) at Sector III, Dwarka. The ATMs operate as Cash less Vending Machines. Each consumer has been issued a Smart Card to draw water from the kiosk. The capacity of the Decentralized RO Plant is 1000 litre per hour and all the water ATMs are provided with a storage capacity of 500 litres. Presently, these ATMs are catering to a population of 20,000 people.

The implementation of the entire Interceptor Sewer Project will result in the considerable improvement in the water quality of the river Yamuna. The Water ATMs have ensured continuous availability of drinking water to the residents. The water being provided by the Water ATMs is of good quality and conforms to WHO norms.

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