Cleaning of Yamuna River


Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified sewage and industrial effluents as source of pollution which enters into river Yamuna through 18 identified drains in Delhi stretch of Yamuna and through another four drains discharging waste water into Agra and Gurgaon canal. CPCB monitors the water quality of river Yamuna at various locations from Yamunotri to Allahabad.

Cleaning of Rivers is an ongoing process and the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is supplementing the efforts of the Government of NCT of Delhi for pollution abatement of river Yamuna by providing financial assistance to Delhi under JICA assisted Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) Phase-III project at an estimated cost of Rs. 1656 crore. The project is to be implemented on 85:15 cost sharing basis between the GoI and the Government of NCT of Delhi. The duration of project is 7 years.   The project is scheduled to be completed in December 2018.

Five components in Rithala and Kondli region package with total cost of Rs. 665.65 crore have been sanctioned in May, 2016. The details are as below:

S. No. YAP-III project components Package Sanctioned Cost (Rs. In crore) Duration (i/c bidding)
Rehabilitation of Trunk Sewer No.4 K1 87.43 30 months
2 Rehabilitation of Trunk Sewer No.5 K2 83.40 30 months
3 Rehabilitation and upgradation of Kondli Phase-I STP (45 MLD), Phase-II STP (114 MLD) & Phase-III STP (45 MLD) K3 239.11 48 months
4 Rehabilitation of Trunk Sewers R1a 43.92 30 months
5 Rehabilitation and up-gradation of Phase-I STP (182 MLD) R2 211.79 48 months

Delhi Jal Board (GNCTD) is the implementing agency for the YAP-III project and is carrying out the bidding process for the above sanctioned projects.  These projects will be implemented by Delhi Jal Board (DJB) under the supervision of the Department of Urban Development, Government of NCT of Delhi. Project Management Consultant (PMC) has already been appointed by DJB to assist them in project implementation. Balance DPRs submitted by Delhi Jal Board are in various stages of appraisal process.

Other steps include two projects, sanctioned in Sonepat and Panipat towns at a total cost of Rs. 217.87 crore for pollution abatement of river Yamuna. The main project components include construction of new STPs of 70 mld capacity and rehabilitation of existing STPs of 75 mld capacity. The works are being implemented by PHED, Haryana. In order to make Yamuna pollution free, Delhi Jal Board is going with the interceptor sewer project targets with three major drains, viz.  Nazafgarh drain, supplementary drain and Shahdara drain to enhance the sewage collection at Delhi.

Expenditure on the above project in last three years and current financial year is given below:

S.No. Year Fund Released (Rs. Crore)
    YAP-III  (Delhi) Haryana

(Panipat & Sonepat)

1 2013-14 5.0 10 15.00
2 2014-15 0 10.46 10.46
3 2015-16 4.96 30.00 34.96
4 2016-17

(current Year) – till date

0 37.00 37.00

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