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Plans to check polluting Yamuna

delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2011 00:48 IST
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The Delhi Government has plans to put an end to the discharge of untreated water in the Yamuna to river pollution.

On Tuesday, Delhi chief minister and finance minister Sheila Dikshit announced a project for laying three interceptor sewers in the coming fiscal's budget.

The three interceptor sewers will come up on the Najafgarh Drain, Supplementary drain (Rithala) and Shahdara drain.

According to the chief minister, the project's completion will help plug the discharge of 75% of the river pollutants. Work is expected to start in June this year.

The cost of the project has been estimated at Rs 1,357 crore and it is expected to be completed in three years' time.

Its funding will be done under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Waste water from outer Delhi flows into the Yamuna through 18 drains.

The Najafgarh drain, supplementary drain and Shahdara drain contribute the maximum pollution load.

Delhi gets more than 80% of its water from the Yamuna and only 54% of the population is connected to sewer lines.

Dikshit also added that projects for Yamuna Action Plan -III have been selected and are likely to cost Rs 1,700 crore.