40 years old water pipeline of Bhagirathi plant in Delhi to be replaced. The project will cost Rs 271 crore, which has been approved. With the replacement of this pipeline, 130 MGD of clean Ganga water will be delivered to lakhs of people of Delhi.
In this regard, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has decided to replace the 40-year-old water pipeline of the Bhagirathi plant.
This decision will prove to be a milestone in the direction of providing 24 hours water to the people of this 20 km long Delhi.
During the meeting with the Jal Board on this subject, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told the officials to replace the main pipeline coming out of Bhagirathi Plant to ensure 24 hours supply of water, following all the standards of safety-security and quality, the deadline. Instructions to complete within This pipeline originating from Bhagirathi Planes goes to East Delhi.
The main pipeline originating from Delhi’s Bhagirathi WTP will be replaced. The existing pipelines for water supply are about 40 years old, which were proposed to be replaced. Normally the pipe lasts about 50 years.
To meet future water demand, the size of the pipeline should have an additional carrying capacity of about 15-20%. In view of this, it has been decided to replace them. Lakhs of people of East Delhi will be benefited after this pipeline is replaced.
Also there will be adequate supply of water to people’s homes with adequate pressure. The cost of this project is Rs 271 crore. The hydraulics design of the pipeline was reworked by the consultant as per Delhi Jal board (DJB). As a result the cost of civil work has come down to less than before.
It may be mentioned that at the time of construction of Bhagirathi WTP about 35-40 years ago, three PSC pipelines were laid to supply water to the people of Trans Yamuna region. They are quite old now.
In the 112th meeting of Delhi Jal Board held on 22nd August 2013, an amount of Rs 214 crore was approved for replacement of these pipelines (Pipelines of Shahdara, GK and Jal Vihar).
Being an important project, this project has received funds from the Central Government under the Central Assistance Fund. Due to space constraints, it was proposed by the consultant to lay a main pipeline from WTP to Dallupura UGR, which would replace the existing three waterlines of 1200 mm diameter. A 20-km pipeline will be laid from Bhagirathi WTP to its command areas.
Apart from this, the government has decided to extend the deadline for installation of rainwater harvesting system till March 31, 2023.
This will give relief to those people in which it was mandatory to install rainwater harvesting in buildings of 100 square meters or bigger plots.
However, in Delhi, rainwater harvesting is necessary to raise the groundwater level and use rain water efficiently. More and more people will be made aware about this by the Kejriwal government.
At present, the Delhi Government has taken this decision in view of the difficulties faced by the consumers in the installation of Rain Water Harvesting System.
Under this, there will be no rain water conservation penalty for 6 months i.e. from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023. Within this time frame, consumers can install rainwater harvesting systems in their buildings with plots of 100 square meters or more.