Piped water supply in entire Delhi by end of 2017: AAP government

[] The AAP government has set a target of ensuring piped water supply throughout Delhi by the end of 2017, in its budget presented in the assembly

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, while presenting the budget for Delhi on March 8, 2017, said that the government has resolved to provide piped water supply in all the authorised and unauthorised colonies and JJ clusters, by the end of 2017. He said Rs 2,107.9 crores has been allocated for water supply and cleanliness in the fiscal 2017-18.

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As per the Economic Survey of Delhi (2016-17), 81% of the households have access to piped water supply. As per the 2011 census, there are 33.41 lakh households in Delhi, of which 27.16 lakh households are getting supply of water through pipelines. The budget highlighted the government’s focus areas of providing improved water supply and quality, besides reaching to new areas through water pipelines.

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Sisodia said that last year was historical, in developing infrastructure for water supply, as 309 unauthorised colonies were provided water pipelines since the government came to power in Delhi. So far 1,200 unauthorised colonies have access to piped water supply. A further 200 will be brought under piped water supply system, the budget statement said.

The government has also proposed to take a big step towards improving water quality and will continue with the modernisation of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) workshops. DJB is working for round the clock water supply, with emphasis on providing clean drinking water through taps.

This scheme will be launched in some colonies this year and will be extended to cover the whole city, it said.

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The water supply network is being modified and the supply system of the city is being evaluated under the ‘walk the line’ programme. It will help in preparing a database on the shortcomings of the network.

The government will continue the scheme of free 20 KL water consumption. Under the scheme 12.50 lakh consumers have received zero water bills, even as DJB has earned a profit of Rs 178 crores.

The distribution network has been strengthened, with the replacement of 70 kms of damaged and clogged water lines. 250 new steel tankers have been procured, boosting DJB’s fleet to 7,000. DJB has also planned for increased number of e-Pyau at public places, with the help of corporate social responsibility (CSR) investments. The budget also mentioned the government’s emphasis on rainwater harvesting, as Delhi depends on other states for its requirements. A total of 20 million gallons per day (MGD) of water production, will be done through eco-friendly methods in 2017-18.

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