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Water As A Right
AAP will provide Water as a Right. It will provide universal access to clean drinking water to all citizens of Delhi at an affordable price. The Delhi Jal Board Act will be amended to make clean drinking water a right of the people. AAP will make a time bound plan of action for covering all residents of Delhi with piped water and sewage network in all parts irrespective of their legal status. There will be no discrimination between planned/non-planned; authorized/ non-authorized; regularized/ non-regularized; city or village. Within five years piped water connections will be made available to as many as 14 lakh households (50 lakh people) in Delhi that do not have a piped water connection at present.
Project Updates

The Delhi Government took a historic decision to lay water pipelines in unauthorized colonies and has reached 217 colonies by 31 st March 2016 by laying only 167 kilometers of new pipeline and 19 kilometers of relaid pipeline. The efficiency is phenomenally higher than previous governments in Delhi. In comparison, from 2005-09, 1330 kilometers of pipeline was relaid and 1130 kilometers was freshly laid to reach to only 20 colonies. This transformative change is the new face of the Delhi Jal Board. In 2016-17, we plan to reach 300 more new unauthorized colonies. It is part of the larger objective of the Delhi Government. That we will reach each and every household with pipedvwater supply by December 2017. 1) The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has a historic 19.54-lakh billing water connections in Delhi now. We have added almost 1 lakh more water connections (up from 18.6 lakh billing water connections in 2014-15) in the past 1.5 years. This has happened due to the progressive policies of the DJB. This will also result in more revenue for the DJB.

The Delhi Jal Board, guided by the AAP government's policy, has provided new water connections to citizens in unauthorized colonies, covering over 200 of them in this year. Additionally, permission has been obtained from the Delhi Government for laying of water supply network in 237 more unauthorized colonies. Work will be taken up in these colonies shortly.

136 km of new water pipelines have been laid during this period, while 148 km of old and rusted water lines have been replaced to improve water supply and avoid contamination.

Over one lakh people from unauthorized colonies of Delhi came forward to avail new connections after DJB reduced the sewer and water development charges on June 26 for a period of three months. According to a senior official of Delhi Jal Board (DJB), the one-time 80 per cent reduction came into force in the month of June 26 and will last till September 25. DJB is expecting more people to come forward to take new connection during last week. "Delhi government had reduced the sewer and water development charges on June 26 for a period of three months. Thousands of households are coming forward everyday to submit application for new connection. So far number of new applications has gone over one lakh," a senior DJB officer said. Development charges in unauthorized colonies were reduced by 80 per cent to enable people of unauthorized colonies to take regular water and sewer connections. "The reduction has been drastic and historic with water development charges reduced from Rs 440 per sqm to Rs 100 per sqm, while the sewer development charges have been brought down from 494 per sqm to Rs 100 per sqm," the official said. The revised rates are applicable in case of properties falling in D, E, F, G and H category of unauthorized Colonies, being used for residential purposes with plot area up to and including 200 sqm under domestic and mixed use category. DJB has also reduced the regularization charges for illegal connections in other residential areas from Rs 18,000 to Rs 3,300. From September 26, original sewer and water development charges as well as regularization charges will be applicable, official said. "The applications for new connections can be submitted in the office of the zonal revenue officer. The facility of online application and online payment is also available. DJB also organized camps in various locations across Delhi to collect application for sewer and water connections which received encouraging response," senior officer said. According to the official, special arrangements have been made to receive the application in the office of the zonal revenue officer till the last date (September 25), as DJB is expecting large number of people to apply during the last week. DJB has also launched enforcement drive against illegal connections. In last one month, more than 4,000 people have been prosecuted for having illegal connections and misusing water. The driver will be intensified in the coming month, officer said.

Proof

In a meeting held on Friday, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) announced its annual budget for Rs 3594.83 crore with projects such as supplying piped water supply to around 158 new colonies, commissioning of new underground reservoirs and extending sewerage facilities to more colonies. With the commissioning of Dwarka and Bawana Water Treatment Plants, the water production level, according to the DJB has seen a rise. As opposed to the earlier production level of 835 million gallons daily (MGD), the production has increased to an average of 870 MGD with the DJB claiming to have reached a peak production of 878 MGD. “This has also resulted in better water availability and an improved distribution network, benefiting a sizeable population residing in the capital city. Apart from this, DJB has achieved a major milestone in the sewerage sector where there has been a remarkable increase in the sewage treatment,” a DJB official said. Similarly, sewage treatment has also seen a jump – from 370 MGD to 410 MGD. Elaborating on the plans for laying sewer lines, DJB maintained that internal and peripheral sewer lines will be laid in Gokulpur and Karawal Nagar constituencies using Trenchless Technology which is used in areas with dense habitation. Estimated to cost around Rs 21.60 crore, this measure is expected to “improve the social and environment conditions of the areas, thereby benefiting the 6.50 lakh population residing there,” the DJB official said. Meanwhile, with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directing the DJB and other agencies to start work on the Maily se Nirmal Yamuna Revival project, estimated to cost Rs 3659 crore, the DJB also announced a slew of measures which would be taken in this regard. From setting up 31 Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and 27 sewage pumping stations, the DJB also plans to lay sewers across a distance of 600 km as part of the project. Elaborating on the additional measures that the DJB is expected to take, the official said, “We have to ensure that all the existing STPs are made to operate efficiently and up to their optimum capacity, within two months. An online monitoring system at the existing STPs will also be introduced and the information on performance of the STPs would be put in the public domain.”

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