Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Somnath Bharti recently said that the Okhla wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), which will be Asia’s largest WWTP and the fourth largest in the world, will be commissioned in June.
Bharti visited the Okhla plant which is being developed under the Yamuna Action Plan-III. He said the rehabilitation and upgradation work by DJB is nearing completion. The work on the plant was to be completed in December last year.
“The project is already 88% complete. It will be ready by June 30 and will immediately become operational. About 56.4 crore litres of wastewater channelized from sewer networks will be treated daily at this plant,” said Bharti.
Bharti said UV technology, which is commonly used in reverse osmosis (RO) plants to make water drinkable, has been deployed in a WWTP in Delhi for the first time ever.
According to DJB, the quantum of treatment of sewage would be such that before the water is let into the Yamuna, the treated water can be used for bathing purposes.
The Okhla WWTP will treat sewage coming from South Delhi, the NDMC area and other parts of the capital. About 40 lakh people are expected to benefit from this project, officials said.
Bharti said the Yamuna is a symbol of our faith and everyone wants the river to be cleaned as soon as possible.
On the campus of the plant, the DJB will construct artificial lakes and reuse treated water to fill them. About 15-20 MGD of treated water from the plant will be used for the lakes. Then water will be extracted from the ground by installing tubewells, which will again be purified through RO plants and brought back to the supply system.
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