Joint Committee Formed To Minimise Froth Formation Downstream Of Okhla Barrage In River Yamuna During Chhat Puja 2022

The stakeholders include NMCG, Upper Yamuna River Board, UP Irrigation Department, Delhi Jal Board, Irrigation and Flood Control, Delhi and Delhi Pollution Control Committee

WD News: On the initiative of Mr G. Asok Kumar, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti – a joint committee of stakeholders including NMCG, Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB), UP Irrigation Department, Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Irrigation and Flood Control, Delhi and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has been constituted to oversee and coordinate the efforts being made to control/ minimise the froth formation downstream of Okhla Barrage in River Yamuna during the Chhat Puja this year.

Joint Committee Members
The joint committee comprises Executive Director – Technical, NMCG (Chairman); Member Secretary – UYRB (Member); Member Secretary – Delhi Pollution Control Committee DPCC (Member), Chief Engineer – Irrigation & Flood Control, I&FC, Delhi (Member); Chief Engineer – SDW NW, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) (Member); and Executive Engineer – Okhla, UP Irrigation Department (Member)

Role and Responsibilities

  • NMCG & UYRB: Coordination among Delhi, UP and Haryana
  • DJB and I&FC: Anti-surfactant dosing with optimum and efficient operations of Delhi’s Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs)
  • DPCC: Monitoring operation of STPs and discharge of industrial effluents
  • UP Irrigation Department: Operation of barrage

Other Measures
It has been decided that eco-friendly anti-surfactant shall be sprayed from boat-mounted sprayers from 25th October 2022 onwards till Chhat Puja. Other measures to control the froth formation would include operations of barrage gate to avoid/ minimise free fall at Okhla barrage.

This is in addition to the efforts going on towards sewerage interventions and monitoring the discharge of industrial effluents under the Namami Gange programme, central schemes, and state plans. These efforts have brought about different scales of changes in river water quality during different seasons. In view of the festive season, it was felt to coordinate efforts of different departments/agencies in the efforts to try and contain the problem of froth in River Yamuna downstream of Okhla barrage.


Source: PIB
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