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Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal government to rejuvenate 12 water bodies

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference

The Delhi government is aiming to replenish groundwater sources in a planned manner as the city’s groundwater table has gone down due to overexploitation and rapid urbanisation of the city.

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired a meeting of Delhi Jal Board on Monday in which he approved rejuvenation of 12 water bodies. Using phytorid wastewater treatment technology, the AAP head also approved extension of the scheme for regularisation of commercial unauthorised water connections.

The Board approved the extension of the scheme at a nominal charge. It would amount to Rs 500 per connection for domestic consumers. For commercial and industrial connections the cost would be Rs 1500 until March 31, 2020.

According to the government, the implementation of the scheme would bring more consumers into its authorised water connection network.

The government will also distribute 4,000 safety kits to field workers.  This is required in order to prevent fatal accidents involving field workers. The kits will be used during operations like carrying out desilting and cleaning of sewer lines, drains and septic tanks,

The Delhi government is aiming to replenish groundwater sources in a planned manner. The city’s groundwater table has gone down due to overexploitation and rapid urbanisation of the city.

The water authority has taken up the work of rejuvenating 155 water bodies after receiving approval in a previous meeting.

Of the 12 water bodies that will be rejuvenated, six have a capacity to treat 400 kilolitres per day (KLD) of wastewater. They are at Mungeshpur, Nangal Thakran, Punjab Khore, Dera Mandi, Dhichaunkalan, Burari and Kamalpur Majra Burari.

Six other water bodies can treat 150 KLD of wastewater. Ibrahimpur, Karala, Daulatpur, Dhool Siras, Neelwaal and Trikalan are their locations.

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