President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday inaugurated a state of the art Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in the President&’s Estate in New Delhi. Lt. Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Secretary to the President Omita Paul were also present on the occasion.
The treatment plant has been built in a record time of approximately one year and three months. The STP is in fulfillment of the recommendations of the comprehensive conservation management plan prepared by INTACH.
There is an acute shortage of water in the President’s estate. The total water supply to the President&’s Estate from NDMC and other sources is in the range of 16-18 lakh litres per day out of which 80% becomes sewage. This sewage and additional quantity tapped from North Avenue and South Avenue Network System will be treated and utilised for horticulture purposes in the Estate.
IIT Delhi is the technical consultant for the plant. The project includes a wetland which has been innovatively designed and planted with various species of trees, shrubs etc. This wetland will support the flora and fauna in the region.
The capacity of the existing Dalikhana lake which serves as the collection point of treated water has been increased three times. This would serve as a habitat for water birds in northern ridge area which lacks such water bodies.