The Centre will take up 11 projects under the Namami Gange Programme by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for Yamuna conservation in Delhi.
Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for these projects along with Union Environment and Forest Minister Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Friday. These projects under Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) III are located in three drainage zones, Kondli, Rithala and Okhla, in Delhi, said a senior official of the Water Resources Ministry.
YAP III has been launched with JICA assistance in Delhi at an estimated cost of Rs 1656 crore which has got integrated as a component of the Namami Gange Mission. These projects would address the sewerage treatment problem of Delhi to a great extent, the official said. Delhi, with a population of around 2 crore spread over an area of 1484 sq km, has significantly contributed to rise in the flow of untreated sewage directly into the Yamuna, one of the sacred rivers of India and the largest tributary of Ganga.
The present projects would have eight sewerage infrastructure projects in Delhi under YAP-III, which include creation of 56.4 crore litres per day STP capacity at Okhla, rehabilitation and upgradation of 38.6 crore litres per day STP capacity; rehabilitation of trunk sewer and rising main of 35 km length in Kondli and Rithala zones. The sewerage projects are being taken up in four packages of Kondli , three packages of Rithala and Okhla zone.
There are two more sanctioned projects at a total cost of Rs 580 crore ~ waste water treatment plant of 31.8 crore litres per day at Coronation Pillar costing Rs. 515.07 crore and 9 decentralised STPs (2.25 crore litres per day) at Chattarpur at a cost of Rs. 65.24 crore, the Ministry said.