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DJB Plans to Increase Water Output by Installing Two Hundred Tubewells

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is set to install 200 tubewells throughout the city with approval from land-owning agencies. Locations include those near wastewater treatment plants, lakes and other areas of interest. The organizations providing permits to the DJB include the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Public Works Department (PWD), Forest Department, Gram Sabha and Irrigation Department. Installation works have commenced with plans to initiate water extraction by July or August.

The Delhi Jal Board has put forth a plan to install reverse osmosis (RO) plants alongside existing tubewells with the goal of reducing the hardness of groundwater, thus providing Delhi residents with safer water for drinking and everyday use. The initiative will be executed in six phases, boosting the city's total water production by an estimated 45 million gallons per day.  This increase in the amount of available water will undoubtedly benefit citizens by providing them with an improved, more consistent flow of safe water for their households. The RO water treatment process will also benefit farmers, allowing them to maximize their crop yields with high-quality water. In the long run, RO plants can reduce the tensions brought on by unevenly distributed water across the city.

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is taking proactive steps to address the water scarcity issue in unauthorized colonies and areas that rely heavily on tank water supply. To this end, Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants are being set up in areas such as Sarita Vihar, Bawana, and Sonia Vihar with a view to increasing water production. With the summer approaching, the demand for drinking water in the city is expected to increase to 1,650 Million Gallons per Day (MGD). The DJB is currently producing water at a rate of 980-1,000 MGD; however, the board aims to increase the supply capacity by installing tubewells and artificial lakes. This will enable the DJB to meet the increasing demand for drinking water in an effective, sustainable manner.

In February, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal presided over a high-level meeting where he instructed officials to conduct daily assessments of water extracted from the tubewells. Furthermore, he urged officials to develop two to three designs for the establishment of 1,000 RO plants in unauthorized colonies in Northeast Delhi. The progress on approximately 300 tubewells had been impeded by land availability issues. To expedite the project, the Chief Minister directed officials to coordinate with relevant departments and promptly identify suitable land for the initiative. Joint inspections were carried out to identify suitable locations, and applications were subsequently submitted to the district administration, concerned departments, and the DDA to secure plots for the project's implementation.

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