Delhi govt nod for Yamuna interceptor project
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 23:30
New Delhi: Delhi Government on Tuesday gave its go-ahead to a Rs 1,358 crore project to build interceptor channels on the bank of Yamuna to prevent flow of polluted water into the river.

The centrally-sponsored project, largest ever under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for Delhi, aims to trap untreated water at Najafgarh and Shahdara and other drains.

The decision to approve the project was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Officials said the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure of the Union Government had already given its approval for the project.

Dikshit said all aspects of Yamuna Interceptor Sewer Project were considered by the Cabinet and it was decided to implement the project to contain pollution in the river.

The interceptor will be treating 1,320 million litres per day before releasing the water into the drains which flow into the Yamuna.

Since there are many drains connected to Najafgarh and Shahdara drains which are directly flowing into the Yamuna, the continuous flow of untreated water was heavily polluting the riverine system.

The project has already received all required clearances including environment nod.

The officials said interceptors will be laid along three major drains -- Najafgarh, supplementary and Shahdara, which accounts for about 70 per cent of total pollution load due to discharge in river Yamuna.

All field investigations, detailed feasibility report, detailed project report and land allotment by DDA have been completed.

Out of the total project cost of Rs 1357 crore, Rs 475 crore will be given by Ministry of Urban Development under JNNURM while remaining amount will have to be contributed by the Delhi Government.

Officials said HUDCO has in principle sanctioned a loan of Rs 800 crore to Delhi Government to implement the project.

The project, once completed, will go a long way in improvement of water quality, Dikshit said adding that "clean Yamuna is not a distant dream now."


First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 23:30

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