New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved Rs1, 656-crore scheme for phase-III of Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) on Thursday. The sewage treatment plants situated in Okhla, Kondli and Rithala will be rehabilitated under this project.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been roped in for financial assistance on the project. The Indian government has been executing YAP with the help of JICA of Japan since 1993. The project is operational in 21 cities of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana where 38 sewage treatment plants have been stationed so far.

The government will set up a new sewage treatment plant in Okhla under this project. The new plant will help in improving the water quality of the river. This plant will have a capacity of holding 13.6 crore liter of water every day.

The project will be implemented by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) under the supervision of the department of Urban Development, Delhi government.

The government is of the opinion that pollution level in Yamuna could be lowered with the implementation of this project.