Delhi proposes to construct drain to treat polluted water; Shah forms panelThe Delhi government proposed to construct a new drain similar to the...

Delhi proposes to construct drain to treat polluted water; Shah forms panelThe Delhi government proposed to construct a new drain similar to the...Delhi proposes to construct drain to treat polluted water; Shah forms panel
The Delhi government proposed to construct a new drain similar to the Najafgarh drain for the treatment of polluted water from neighboring states

The Delhi government on Saturday proposed to construct a new drain similar to the Najafgarh drain for the treatment of polluted water from neighboring states, according to a statement.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has issued directions to set up a committee under the chairmanship of Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla to check the feasibility of the proposal, it said.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena put up the proposal at the 30th Northern Region Council meeting in Jaipur after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia raised the matter of Haryana discharging industrial and chemical effluent into the Najafgarh drain, the largest drain in Delhi which accounts for around 60 per cent of the wastewater discharged from the capital into the Yamuna.

The deputy CM supported the proposal.

He said Haryana discharges 5,000 cusecs of industrial and chemical effluent into the Najafgarh drain. Delhi and Uttar Pradesh will have to bear the consequences if the issue is not resolved.

Mass deaths of fish were reported recently in the Najafgarh drain. Experts said high pollution load from Haryana could have led to the incident.

Sisodia also demanded that the construction of Renukaji Dam be expedited and the central government decide the quantum of water to be given to Delhi.

Renukaji Dam is being constructed on the river Giri in Sirmour District of Himachal Pradesh.

We understand the requirement of water in Delhi, but it is not possible to decide the same at this time, the statement quoted Shah as saying.