While the Yamuna's 22 km stretch in Delhi is barely 2 per cent of the length of the total river basin, it contributes over 80 per cent of the total pollution load in the entire river.
Around 70 per cent of sewage treatment plants in Delhi did not meet norms in last one year: Government data
The 35 STPs located at 20 locations across Delhi can treat up to 597 MGD of sewage and have been utilising around 90 percent of their capacity.
Without even a notification, a total of 65 sites falling in Challaghatta and Bheemanakuppe villages (Block V and VI) were taken away by the BDA to build the STP.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal laid the foundation stone of the plant and billed it the largest in India. The STP coming up will be over 110 acres.
To create additional recharge wells near waterbodies and lakes, officials have been instructed to increase water recharging capacity.
“Work should be done on priority basis so that people living around can be freed from the problem at the earliest. All the work related to STPs should be completed on a war footing.
The Boards officials said that OCE assess the various physico-chemical parameters and bacteriological characteristics and the system also aims at monitoring the discharge standards regularly.
A few others fear leakage in future will be catastrophic to their families.
The project was to be in place by July last year, but labour shortage amidst the first wave of the pandemic delayed it as work stopped for three months.
In a first of its kind initiative, Metro Water is setting up two tertiary plants at Nesapakkam and Perungudi to treat sewage water.
The year also saw the tribunal taking unprecedented stand on banning use of firecrackers during festive period in NCR and in those cities where air quality fell in poor category.