The clean Yamuna project got a shot in the arm on Wednesday with the Delhi Cabinet agreeing to release its share of money to implement the interceptor sewer project.
The Delhi government will give Rs. 882.51 crore of the total project cost of Rs. 1,358 crore. The central government has already agreed to pay the remaining amount under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban renewal Mission.
Senior Delhi government officials said the interceptor sewer project would check pollution in the river by preventing sewers from flowing directly into the river.
According to officials, the pollution level in the Yamuna could be reduced by intercepting the city’s sewage and dumping only treated waste into the river. With the laying of interceptor sewers, all minor drains that carry sewage into three major drains, Najafgarh, Supplementary and Shahdara drain, will be tapped and the sewage will be taken to the nearest treatment plant. This will ensure only treated sewage is discharged. Engineers India Limited will implement the project in the next two years.
Officials said work on the project would begin soon as the state government has to utlise the money granted by the central government in 24 months.
The Delhi’s assembly’s monsoon session will begin from August 17. The week-long session will have five sittings and will conclude on August 23.
The Delhi cabinet on Tuesday decided to recommend Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna to convene the session on the said dates. Coming just ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the monsoon session is likely to generate lot of heat.