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Steps to beat water crunch

delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2010 01:40 IST
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The water-starved Capital will soon get an extra supply of 45 Million Gallons per Day (MGD), enough to meet the needs of an area as big as Dwarka.

The Delhi government has started three new waste water treatment plants at Haiderpur, Bhagirathi and Wazirabad.

Work on a fourth plant at Chandrawal is nearing completion. Together, these plants will increase Delhi’s water supply by 45 MGD. The city needs more than 1,000 MGD but gets a supply of only about 950 MGD.

Apart from supplying more water, the government also plans to prevent seepage of raw water that eats into the city's water supply.

It has taken up the construction of a pucca parallel channel from Munak canal to Haiderpur water treatment plant at a cost of Rs 315 crore.

This project, which is 97 per cent complete, will save up to 80 MGD of water. The Haryana government has also been asked to complete the project at the earliest.

Two new water treatment plants are also under construction at Okhla and Dwarka. These projects are expected to reduce water shortage in South and West Delhi.

To improve sanitation in the city, the government has decided to provide sewerage system in all rural villages of Delhi and also in unauthorised colonies selected for regularisation.

At present, sewerage system is provided in seven rural villages and 98 unauthorised colonies.