Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to lay foundation stone of 11 projects for Yamuna rejuvenation

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Union Minster Nitin Gadkari will lay foundation stone of eleven projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation under Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi on Thursday.

An official statement said, “Union Minster for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari will lay foundation stone of eleven projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation under Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi today.”

“A total of 11 projects have been taken up under Namami Gange Programme by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to conserve the River Yamuna in Delhi. Most of the projects are for the sewerage infrastructure and are at various stages of implementation. These projects under Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) III are located in three drainage zones namely Kondli, Rithala and Okhla in Delhi,” the statement said.

Union Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also be present on the occasion.

The current sewage generation for Delhi city is about 327 crore liters per day against the existing treatment capacity of 276 crore liters per day.

Phase 1 of the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) was taken up for Delhi during 1993-2003 and YAP-II was extended in 2003 to cover Uttar Pradesh and Haryana along with Delhi.

Building on the success and lessons learnt from YAP-I and II, government of India launched YAP-III with JICA assistance in Delhi at an estimated cost of Rs 1,656 crore which has got integrated as a component of Namami Gange Mission. Delhi Jal Board is the executing agency for these projects.

Under YAP III, a total of eight sewerage infrastructure projects in Delhi include creation of 56.4 crore liters per day STP capacity at Okhla, rehabilitation and upgradation of 38.6 crore liters per day STP capacity; rehabilitation of trunk sewer and pipes of 35 km length in Kondli and Rithala zones.

An official statement said, “the sewerage projects are being taken up in four packages of Kondli (K1, K2, K3, K4), three packages of Rithala (R1a, R1b, R2) and Okhla zone (O). Out of these, seven projects are at various stages of implementation and one project of Okhla zone is under tendering process.”

In addition to the eight projects, it said, two projects at a total cost of Rs 580 crore have been sanctioned.

“The sanctioned projects include Waste Water Treatment Plant of 31.8 crore liters per day capacity at coronation Pillar costing Rs 515.07 crore and 9 decentralised STPs (2.25 crore liters of capacity per day) at Chattarpur at an estimated cost of Rs 65.24 crore,” the statement said.