New Delhi: According pollution in the Yamuna as a major challenge, the Delhi Government has chalked out a plan to put an end to the problem. The state government has decided not to allow the discharge of untreated water in the river.

The state government in its annual budget for 2011-12 stated that the first project of laying interceptor sewer along three major drains would be implemented during this fiscal year.

The interceptor sewer would include Najafgarh drain, supplementary drain and Shahadra drain to cut down flow of untreated water into the river.

The project will cost Rs 1357 crore and take 36 months to get completed. The project’s completion will help stop the discharge of about 75 per cent of the river pollutants.

Besides, the completion of Yamuna Action Plan-3 (YAP-3) projects will ensure full utilization of 513 MGD sewage treatment capacity during 2011-12.

Stress on water supply, sanitation

After transport and medical sector, water supply and sanitation was the focus of the Delhi Government in the budget 2011-12.

Giving adequate attention to this, the government has proposed to spend Rs 1650 crore on the related schemes during the new financial year, which is 12.13 per cent of the total budget. The government clearly stated that it will make every effort to make the drinking water available to its residents and will invest in potential reservoir projects like Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar-Vyasi.