Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday had a first hand experience of waterlogging in the city after the incessant winter rains for the last few days.
While going to Neb Sarai in south Delhi, her convoy of vehicles had to wade through a feet of water on the roads to reach the place.
A peeved Dikshit immediately asked the Delhi Jal Board CEO Arun Mathur to construct proper sewerage system in the area. Mathur told reporters that as per the CM’s instructions, the work would be completed in a year.
Dikshit said, IGNOU is close by and important place. "The area should be spruced up and such problems removed due to its importance," she instructed the officials.
The CM was on her way to Neb Sarai to inaugurate filter water supply in the south Delhi area. She said a major demand of the two villages of Neb Sarai and Saidullajab has been met with the filter water supply from the Sonia Vihar Water Treatment Plant.
Dikshit said the DJB has commissioned a city-wide study, with a planning perspective of 2011 and this study had created a workable model to commission 109 underground reservoirs. "Of these 59 UGRs have already been commissioned and DJB would commission another 50 UGRs by 2009," she added.
On the water supply front, Dikshit claimed that DJB has successfully augmented water supply in the city by increasing it from 570 MGD in 1998 to 815 at present.
She said the 140 MGD Sonia Vihar Plant has been commissioned but is presently able to treat only 55 MGD due to non-supply of adequate raw water from neighbouring UP.
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