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End in sight to Delhi's water woes

A 140-mn-gallons-per-day capacity water treatment plant will supply water to parts of Delhi from next week.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 17:22 IST

A 140-million-gallons-per-day (mgd) capacity water treatment plant here will start supplying water to parts of south and east Delhi from early next week, alleviating to a considerable extent the water woes of the two regions in the Indian capital.

According to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), water from the Sonia Vihar plant would be distributed in three phases. As part of the first phase 50 MGD of water would be distributed early next week.

"After receiving the required water from Uttar Pradesh, we are going to start the supply from early next week, which we believe will bring relief to residents in east and south Delhi," DJB engineer-in-chief AK Jain said.

Jain said that in the first phase around 100 colonies, including Greater Kailash, Kailash Colony, CR Park, Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli, would get water. After monitoring the water supply through the month, DJB will decide upon the second phase release of water.

"All the lines have been checked and desilting is over. But we believe the first rush of water will be slightly muddy," said a DJB official.

Consequently, a day before the supply starts, the authorities will alert the households about the initial water condition.

According to officials in Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit's Office, the water treatment plant at Sonia Vihar in east Delhi is one of the largest of its kind, complete with sludge and wastewater recovery.

The plant has used the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology that will prevent water theft and wastage of water through leakage. Bulk meters have also been installed at the pumping stations.

"Earlier it was planned to inaugurate the plant in the first week of August. But that could not happen due to some problem. The inaugural function will be a mega event," said one source.

Last month the chief minister had said that with Sonia Vihar becoming functional and with Haryana set to release more water to the capital, the water situation would improve soon.

After much dilly-dallying Uttar Pradesh released water for the treatment plant May 21. Delhi, a city of 15 million, faces a shortage of over 100 mgd of water.

The capital requires 750 mgd. During summer, when the demand goes up, supply falls below 600 mgd.