Delhi Government’s initiative to clean the Yamuna river is in full swing as it works towards achieving its target by 2025. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, the government is working to connect the houses in all unauthorised colonies with sewer lines and ensure a better sewerage management system across Delhi. Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia has approved the construction of two dams on Shah Alam Dam Road to stop sewage water from flowing into the Jahangirpuri drain, which ultimately falls into the Yamuna river through the Najafgarh drain. The project, which will cost Rs 1.7 crore, aims to divert the sewerage coming out of the area’s colonies for treatment at the nearest Sewage Pumping Station (SPS). The treated water will then flow into the Yamuna. Shri Sisodia has directed the DJB officials to complete the project within the stipulated time period.

The Jahangirpuri and Bharola village areas have many JJ clusters that are not connected to a sewer system. The sewage generated from these areas was earlier discharged into open drains, which increased the pollution level of the Yamuna river and increased the chances of waterborne diseases in the surrounding areas.

The Kejriwal government has decided to construct dams on both sub-drains, trapping the sewer water through the sewer line at Shah Alam Dam Road and Prayas Road, Jahangirpuri. Presently, the sewer water from these drains is flowing through temporary earthen bag dams. A permanent structure is needed to keep the flow of these drains smooth.

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said that the government is continuously working towards making the Yamuna clean by cleaning its sources. The construction of dams is proving to be an effective way to reduce the number of pollutants in the drains.

It is to be noted that Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal has given the responsibility of cleaning Yamuna to DJB by 2025. The government’s main objective is to clean the Yamuna on a priority basis by taking several steps such as constructing new Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), upgrading existing STPs, laying sewerage networks in unauthorised colonies, and desilting trunk/peripheral sewer lines.

The project will also include providing sewer connections in pre-notified areas, trapping of drains under ISP, in-situ treatment of drains, and septage management. As the Kejriwal government works towards achieving its goal, Delhiites can expect better facilities and a cleaner Yamuna.

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