NEW DELHI: The drainage master plan, which IIT-Delhi was given the task to prepare in 2008, is likely to be submitted to the Delhi government by December this year.
In a review meeting held recently, IIT Delhi officials said that they had received only 80% of the data they need to prepare the master plan and if it were made available to them in the next two weeks, they should have it ready by December.
“Accordingly, directions have been given out to all concerned departments like the three municipal corporations, PWD, DJB, DDA etc to submit pending data to IIT at the earliest. There were some problems in the initial years and IIT was only able to start work properly by 2011-12,” said a senior government official.
In the meantime, IIT has submitted a list of interim measures that the government should implement to keep its drainage system in order, which includes ensuring that no sewage is allowed to flow through drains. This, however, is an impossible task to achieve in a short period since most of the drainage is now mixed with the sewer system. In fact, DJB and the corporations both accept that several drains only have sewage flowing through them.
IIT has also asked the concerned agencies to ensure that no waste is allowed inside drains. For this, desilting needs to be taken up at an urgent basis and penalties imposed if someone is found violating this order. The issue becomes even more crucial with monsoon less than two months away and very little work has been done on desilting of drains so far.
The team from IIT has also suggested that the data on desilting be put up online so that work can be tracked. PWD has already started this exercise, having made desilting details public on its website in 2015.
Source: Times Of India
Dated: 10th May 2016