After the Supreme Court issued a warning to personally summon the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh government, the latter has finally handed over two vacant portions of land in Noida to Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for setting up an interceptor at the Shahdara drain that flows outside sector-14, Noida. The lands, 2.5 acre and 1.5 acre respectively, have been transferred to Delhi after the state government paid Rs 2.7 crore to its counterpart in UP.
With the lands now in Jal Board’s possession, decks have been cleared for the implementation of a long-pending project that includes construction of an interceptor to ensure sewarage does not flow into the river Yamuna.
A Supreme Court bench had on July 19 fixed July 31 as the deadline for the Uttar Pradesh government to transfer land to DJB. The directions were passed by the court while it was hearing a plea by the residents' association of Sector 14, Noida who urged the court to direct DJB to treat the effluent waste flowing in the Shahdara drain located outside the colony.
While the DJB was earlier planning to set-up the sewage treatment plant, it later altered the proposal to install sewage interceptors at all the drains to treat the water before it got mixed up with the Yamuna water. The scheme was approved by the Supreme Court bench that is monitoring the "Maili Yamuna" case.