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Delhi Jal Board gears up to meet Games requirements

Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Everyday requirement is expected to be very high

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Jal Board is all geared up to meet the water requirements at various Commonwealth Games venues here. Apart from adequate supply, the Jal Board is equally concerned about ensuring the “quality” of water.

While the water utility has not been mandated to supply drinking water for the participants and the visiting teams, it was designated to construct a 1-MGD (Million Gallons a Day) sewage treatment plant and a water treatment plant at the Games Village.

Quality

The Jal Board has been asked to ensure continuous quality supply of water. “The requirement at various venues during the Games will be very high. Daily requirement is expected to be upward of 2 lakh MGD. At bigger venues like the Nehru Stadium, the requirement will be even higher,” said a senior Jal Board official.

The Board has also deputed a nodal officer for all the venues to ensure no disruption in water supply. “There will be extra supply of water to the underground reservoirs that are linked to the venues. We are complying with the requirements that the Organising Committee had mentioned and drawn up plans to meet the demand. All executive engineers of the areas in which the venues fall have been made nodal officers to ensure continuous supply for maintaining quality. The venues have been sanctioned additional bore-wells too,” he said.

As for security of its various installations, the Jal Board has sought the help of ex-Servicemen.

“All vital installations need special protection and ever since the Central Industrial Security Force was made unavailable to guard them, the Jal Board had written to the Union Defence Ministry to depute ex-Servicemen who can be stationed at the sensitive installations,” he added.

Following concerns of security agencies cautioning against terror attack, the Board has been asked to provide multi-tier security at installations.

The Board has also sought help from neighbouring States of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to ensure that the Capital's water supply does not get disrupted during the Games.

While Haryana has agreed to release an additional 80 MGD of water for the duration of the Games, UP too has assured that it will see there is no disruption.

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