South Delhi Municipal Corporation has launched a project to supply treated water from sewage treatment plants to 14 parks.
SDMC has received around Rs.7 crore from the Union urban development ministry for installing the STP system at parks located next to drains and reviving a pond. The fund forms 80% of the total cost of the project while SDMC will finance the rest.
Each of these STPs will have the capacity to recharge 50 kilo litre of water per day and help in resolving the problem of short or no supply of water in certain parks.
“After disconnecting tubewells at many places following the National Green Tribunal’s order for not withdrawing groundwater, short supply at parks has become an issue. While we are looking for alternative solutions such as connecting some parks with the nearby STPs of Delhi Jal Board through supply lines, it is a time-taking and costly affair. These STPs will at least help in proper irrigation of 14-15 parks of minimum one acre area,” said an SDMC official.
The sites include Bhim Basti at Aya Nagar, three places at Dwarka, Green Park and Chhatarpur. The work has started in Dwarka while the project was inaugurated at Aya Nagar on Monday.
“Two STPs will be installed because besides irrigation of the 1.5-acre park, these will also be used for revival of a pond located next to the park,” said councillor Ved Pal. The park has been using storm water getting collected in the pond. “Now water will be treated before entering the pond.”
The park was redeveloped from barren land in 2018. “Residents have been uncomfortable due to the foul smell emitting due to direct use of drain water,” said Pal.
SDMC aims to complete work at all sites by the end of March and will use a biological process for wastewater treatment that consumes less energy.