Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, on September 5, 2017, said that small sewage treatment plants (STPs) will be set up across the city, to treat sewage and recharge groundwater at minimal cost. The CM’s direction came as he visited three decentralised STPs in the NDMC area, a day after taking charge of the water department.
Kejriwal asked the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to come up with a roadmap for decentralised STPs all over Delhi. “The DJB will present the roadmap to the chief minister on September 8, 2017, on STPs in all colonies of Delhi and institutions, with a special focus on the unauthorised colonies, which face the woes of sewage the most,” the government said in a statement.
The decentralised STPs would not only solve the crisis faced due to sewage, but will also produce huge amount of recycled water, it stated. “Small STPs in large numbers, controlled by locals, will be set up across Delhi to treat sewage and recharge groundwater at minimal cost,” Kejriwal tweeted. Kejriwal visited STPs in Nehru Park, Satya Sadan and NP Bengali Government School in Gole Market. On September 4, 2017, soon after taking charge of the water department, the chief minister had held a meeting of all top officials of the DJB. During the meeting, Kejriwal had sought a deadline, by which the problems faced by people related to water supply could be resolved.
Kejriwal replaced Rajendra Pal Gautam, who was allegedly being ‘bypassed’ by top DJB officials in decision-making. “The DJB has been asked to furnish a report on timing of water supply in every colony, the duration of supply and the problems faced by people, including water contamination,” the Delhi government said in a statement.