‘Readying plan to clean sources that dirty Yamuna’

Delhi: 15 Sep, 2021 (Times of India)

New Delhi: Delhi government is planning to treat around 155 million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater coming from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh into the Yamuna, said water minister Satyendar Jain. He held a meeting with officials from Delhi Jal Board and the Irrigation and Flood Control department on Wednesday and said the government was laying down a master plan to clean all the sources that pollute the river.
Jain said drains from both the states would either be diverted to sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Delhi or undergo in situ treatment. The treated water will be further used to revive lakes and waterbodies and the rest will be discharged into the Yamuna.
The Yamuna receives 105 MGD of wastewater from Haryana and around 50 MGD of wastewater from Uttar Pradesh. The 105 MGD of Haryana’s flow largely comes through two major drains— the Badshahpur drain coming from Gurgaon and Drain number-6 from Sonipat. Similarly, the 50 MGD of wastewater from Uttar Pradesh enters into the river in Delhi via the Ghazipur drain.

Jain said the Yamuna did not belong to a particular state but to the whole country, and to achieve the target of cleaning the river, the government would do whatever is needed.

“The Yamuna is a holy river. It’s a river that we all pray to and seek blessings. It does not belong to a particular state but to the whole country. It belongs to every citizen of the country. The states that are polluting the river should also take steps to clean it, but we are taking additional responsibility upon ourselves because it is our commitment to the citizens of Delhi that we will clean it within three years,” said Jain.
The minister said this additional work would be done at the expense of Delhi government. “Wastewater is a resource that can solve water problems of any city when handled properly,” he said, stating DJB had already taken a few steps in this direction.

“Drain number-6 is carrying around 15 MGD of water, out of which the major flow has been tapped through the barrage and diverted to the Narela STP, which is currently treating around 12 MGD against a design capacity of 10 MGD. Pipelines are being laid to carry treated water to various lakes, waterbodies, tanks and green areas of the Narela area for rejuvenation and recharging purposes,” he added.

For tapping wastewater from Ghazipur drain, barrage work to take it to Kondli STP has also been completed.