Delhi Government sets up Delhi Healthcare Corporation to provide centralized support on equipment + drug services and procurement

Cabinet approves creation of Delhi Healthcare Corporation  

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday(September 29) approved incorporation of a public limited company Delhi Healthcare Corporation (DHC) to provide centralised support services to Health Department like procurement of drugs, consumables, surgicals, equipments, procurement of sanitation services, security services, nursing orderlies etc.

The proposal was based on the recommendation by the Delhi Dialogue Commission, and the purpose of this corporation is to make available non-clinical services like generic drugs, equipments, quality sanitation services, etc on a 24 x 7 basis to the residents of the national capital, who go to health institutions controlled by the Delhi government for treatment.

As per the 70 point agenda which the AAP government had promised to the people of Delhi, point number 27 related to “Quality Drugs for all at affordable price: Pharmaceutical drug and equipment procurement will be centralized to ensure zero corruption. Generic, affordable and high quality drugs will be made available to the public”, for which the approval has now been given.

  1. The Authorized share capital of DHC will be Rs. 5 Crore  (5,00,000  shares of 100 each)
  2. The initial Paid up share capital of DHC will be Rs. 5 Crore.  (5,00,000 shares of 100 each).
  3. Department of Health and Family Welfare will enter into a MOU/contract agreement with the corporation (DHC) to perform different services on behalf of Department of Health & Family Welfare for a specific consideration with Service Level Agreements and Penalties.
  4. The administrative expenditure of the corporation shall be met by charging for the services rendered at a rate not exceeding 5% on the value of works executed successfully.  All the internal costs of the corporation shall at no point of time exceed the above criteria.  This will form part of AOA. This will make the corporation financially viable. The MD/CEO of the Company will be a full time officer without additional responsibilities.

PWD acquiesces to DJB policy suggestion to use recycled water for horticultural purposes; 1.75 million liters saved through departmental knowledge transfer!

  • On the request of Delhi Jal Board, Public Works Department decides to use only recycled water for horticultural purposes
  • In all contracts for horticultural work by PWD, there will be mandatory provision to use recycled water only
  • Saving of 1.75 million liters of ground water daily
  • DDA and all the 3 Municipal Corporations of Delhi are also being persuaded to use only recycled water for horticulture purpose.

    In a landmark decision, the Public Works Department (PWD) of Govt. of NCT of Delhi had decided to use only recycled water from Sewage Treatment Plants of Delhi Jal Board for all its horticultural needs. DJB had requested PWD to promote use of recycled water for non-drinking purposes. Presently ground water is being used by PWD for watering the plants on the central verge, parks and lawns etc. From October, 2015 use of only recycled water will be mandatory to meet horticultural needs. This will prevent extraction of ground water in a big way and 1.75 Million Liters of ground water will be saved daily.

    DJB has made available to the PWD the list of locations of hydrants for recycled water installed at various Wastewater Treatment Plants across Delhi. All agencies providing water to various sites of PWD for irrigation or horticultural use, through agreements, shall switch to supplying only recycled water.  All such agencies have been asked to make this switch by 05.10.2015 at the latest.  In fact, it has been agreed that for all future agreements, tenders should clearly specify that the source of water for horticultural purposes must be from WWTPs.

    PWD has also initiated an action plan to utilize recycled water supplied by the Delhi Jal Board in a systematic manner and it has been agreed that this plan shall be finalized in close coordination with DJB.

    Sh. Kapil Mishra, Hon’ble Minister for Water and Chairperson, Delhi Jal Board said, “Recycled water can satisfy most water demands, as long as it is adequately treated to ensure water quality appropriate for the use. To reduce the burden on potable water, it is important to use recycled water for non-potable purposes. Water recycling offers resources and financial savings.DJB has tailored Wastewater treatment to meet the water quality requirements of a planned reuse”.

    Sh. S. S. Yadav, CEO, DJB said, “In line with the Delhi Government’s policy of bringing all the citizens of Delhi into the piped water supply network, DJB is promoting the use of recycled water to reduce stress on drinking water.  DJB has been actively looking to identify new opportunities for recycled water”.

    DJB is actively promoting the use of recycled water that has been purified through a high level of treatment for irrigation, industrial and agricultural uses. The goal of using recycled water is to conserve the use of potable water for highest, best use and to reduce our dependency on potable water for non-potable purposes.

    DJB has taken up the matter with DDA and all 3 Municipal Corporations of Delhi to use only recycled water for irrigation in parks and other green space and to stop extraction of ground water for this purpose. DJB has Sewage Treatment Plants at 17 locations across Delhi from where recycled water can be obtained either through tankers or by laying pipeline.

DJB initiates construction process of two new UGRs and BPSs to serve Bijwasan and Rajokari; immediate relief via Dwarka STP

  • DJB initiates the process of construction of two new UGRs and BPSs
  • 9.1 ML capacity UGR to serve Bijwasan and 5.8 ML capacity UGR to serve Rajokari  area
  • The Projects to benefit a total population of around 1,75,000 people
  • To provide immediate relief, water supply to be extended to Bijwasan and Rajokari  areas from the Dwarka WTPDelhi Jal Board is working hard to ensure rationalization and equitable distribution of water supply across the city. In this endeavour, the Board has initiated the process to construct two new Underground Reservoirs (UGRs) in South West Delhi. A 9.1 ML capacity UGR will be constructed at Bijwasan and a 5.8 ML capacity UGR will be constructed at Rajokari. Each reservoir will also have a Booster Pumping Station. At present the Bijwasan and Rajokari areas are water deficient and do not have piped water supply.

    DJB’s tankers supply water to meet the requirements of citizens. But water supply is not optimum. Therefore, DJB will not wait for completion of construction of UGRs to extend piped water supply to these areas. As an immediate measure the water supply shall be extended to these areas through water mains directly from the recently commissioned Dwarka Water Treatment Plant. This will provide piped water supply to the areas immediately and eliminate dependence on tankers.

    The project will benefit a population of about 1,00, 000 people in the command areas of the Bijwasan UGR which consists of Shahabad Mohammadpur, Bijwasan, Kapashera, Samalka, Samalka Extension, Salapur Khera etc. and a population of about 75,000 people in the command areas of Rajokari, Airforce Camp, Rangpuri, Extended Vasant Kunj etc.

    Sh. S.S. Yadav, CEO, DJB said, “  DJB is committed to provide efficient water and wastewater services to the city and our focus is on extending the services to the un-served areas.”

Major relief for small commercial establishments in Delhi: DJB abolishes mixed use category and other slabs rationalized

·      DJB provides major relief in water bills to small commercial establishments
·      Mixed use category also abolished
·      Tariff slabs for the commercial category rationalized
·      Mixed land use connection holders can get their connections converted to domestic

The Delhi Jal Board, has recently abolished the mixed-use category. Tariff under this category was applicable to such residential properties which are using a part of it for commercial activity. As per the revised policy, if mixed-land use involves activities which do not use water in its process undertaken, such as Atta Chakki, Stationary Shop, Kiryana Shop, Shoes Shop, Grocery Shop, Mobile Shop, Cloth Shop, Tailor Shop, S.T.D. Booth, Property Dealer Office, Cyber Cafe, etc. and other similar activities, it will now be placed in the Domestic Category .

Other properties having mixed-use in which water is used as input either in processing or in manufacturing like Food Corner, Juice Shop, Snacks Counter, Tea Shop, Barber, Beauty Parlor, Dentist Clinic, Coaching Centers, Play School, Offices and such other similar activities with high footfall will now come under the Commercial Category. Consumers can apply for separate water connections for domestic and commercial use if such activities co-exist in a premise. However, in such a situation, the consumer is also bound to maintain separate storage and supply system for both activities.

Delhi Jal Board has provided a major relief to the small commercial establishments by reducing both service and volumetric charges. This is to encourage consumers to reduce consumption and conserve water. Tariff slabs in the Commercial Category have been rationalized and made affordable for commercial establishments consuming less quantity of water, upto 6,000 litres per month, thereby bringing their monthly bill to around Rs. 287 per month. The tariff slabs in the Commercial Category have been rationalized as below:

Comparison between old and new tariff

Comparison of existing and revised tariff under the Commercial Category

A Public Notice was issued on 12.08.2015, to the consumers for submission of undertaking to convert the connection either to the Domestic Category or to the Commercial Category in 21 days, failing which such connections will be automatically converted into commercial. In case the consumers of the Mixed-use Category have not submitted the requisite undertaking, they should immediately approach the Zonal Revenue Officer of DJB of their area to get their connection converted into domestic category.

Establishments consuming upto 10 KL water per month had to pay Rs.600 while consumers from 10-15 KL paid Rs. 908 per month but now consumers’ upto 6 KL will pay only Rs. 161 while those consuming between    6-10 KL will only pay Rs. 314 per month. Establishments consuming Rs 15-25 KL per month will pay Rs. 615 per month.

AAP-led Delhi Government led by CM @ArvindKejriwal presents its dynamic government vision on education to President of India

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister & Education Minister Manish Sisodia met the hon’ble President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee on Friday evening (25 September) and discussed the Delhi government’s initiatives in the field of education.
The hon’ble President was apprised in detail about the AAP government’s vision on education.
The CM and Deputy CM shared the following document on education with the hon’ble President :
Aam Aadmi Government’s initiatives in the field of Education
School Education
1.     Improving teacher student ratio in classrooms – Presently, many classes have more than 100 students in each class. It is impossible for any teacher to teach so many students. Therefore, the government is building 45 new schools and adding 12000 new classrooms to existing schools. 20,000 new teachers are being recruited. This will ensure that by July 2016, each class room should have less than 50 students. After 2016, more new schools will be opened and land has been identified for 100 more schools.
2.     Toilets, drinking water and labs – By July 2016, all schools will have clean and separate toilets for boys and girls. All schools will have clean drinking water, science labs and other activity rooms.
3.     Autonomy to principals – All principals are being given complete financial and functional autonomy to function effectively. In return, there will be clear accountability parameters.
4.     Improving quality of education – 54 schools have been taken up on pilot basis. Teacher are being given training and incentives. On the basis of experience of these schools, all schools will be covered in next year.
5.     Monitoring and safety – CCTVs are being installed in all classrooms to monitor teacher and student behavior. CCTVs are also being installed in corridors to ensure safety of children.
6.     Reduction of syllabus – The syllabus is being reduced by 25% on the basis of feedback from teachers and principals to enable kids to participate in extra-curricular activities.
7.     Admissions of Economically weak students (EWS) – All admissions under EWS quota in all private schools will be done on line in a transparent manner from next year.
8.     Disciplining private schools – Government is bringing a law to prevent siphoning of funds from private schools. This would drastically reduce fees of many private schools. Also, a law is being brought to ensure admissions in private schools in a transparent manner to prevent illicit donations.
9.     Skill development programs already started in 200 schools as a part of their regular course in the fields of retail, hospitality, IT, etc
Higher & technical Education
10. Access to quality education to all – Government has started a scheme under which each student can take a loan uptoRs 10 lakhs without giving any guarantee for higher education after 12th class. The government will act as a guarantor. This loan will be able for skill education like polytechnics also. This student will have to repay the loan in easy instalments in 15 years after passing out.
11. World Class Skill Centre – A world class skill centre is being opened in collaboration with Singapore Government. Also 3 new centres are being opened in collaboration with corporate sector. A separate Delhi Skill University is being opened.
12.Sports University – A separate Sports University is being opened.

Statement from Delhi Power Minister @SatyendarJain to Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission on tariff petitions

Power Minister Mr Satyendar Jain has issued the following statement on Thursday on the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Decision (DERC) decision on tariff petitions of the private power distribution companies (discoms) :
At first sight, it appears the DERC has kept the sentiments of the people of Delhi and their elected representatives in mind while deciding the tariff petitions of DISCOMS for the current financial year.
Though the DERC has not announced any hike in electricity tariffs, the government is of the firm view that tariffs should have been reduced.
The government had conveyed its view to the DERC that in wake of reported findings of the Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG) in the media, which have not been disputed by any concerned party so far, the electricity tariffs should be reduced.
The government is also of the view that the Regulatory Assets being demanded by the DISCOMS are highly inflated and these should be completely scrapped by the DERC.
The government will continue to convey its views to the DERC so that people of Delhi get justice.

Delhi Jal Board commissions 10 MLD Tertiary Treatment Plant at Okhla; recycled water supplied to Sukhdev Vihar Bus Depot and non-domestic use

  • DJB commissions 10 million litres a day Tertiary Treatment Plant at Okhla
  • Recycled water being supplied to DTC Depot at Sukhdev Vihar for washing of buses
  • Okhla industrial area will also set recycled water for non-domestic use from the plant
  • Continuous efforts to promote recycle and reuse of water
  • Measure to help in reducing the burden on ground water

    In its bid to promote the use of treated effluent for non-potable purposes, the Delhi Jal Board has constructed a Tertiary Treatment Plant of 10 million litres per day capacity at Okhla. The plant has been commissioned recently and is producing water of high quality from sewage which can be used for non- portable purposes.  The recycled water has tertiary level quality parameters of Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and total suspended solids (TSS) which will be less than 5 mg/l.

    DJB has started supplying recycled water from the plant to the DTC Depot at Sukhdev Vihar for washing of buses. Earlier, ground water was being used for washing of buses which has now been stopped. Using recycled water for bus washing will enable a saving of 50, 000 litres of ground water every day.

    DJB is also laying pipelines in Okhla industrial area phase II to supply recycled water from the newly commissioned Tertiary Treatment Plant for industrial and other non drinking uses. Supply of recycled water to Okhla industrial area will start in 6 months and will save lakhs of litres of ground water and drinking water. Other potential uses of recycled water are also being identified.

    Sh. Kapil Mishra, Hon’ble Minister for Water, Govt. of NCT of Delhi and Chairperson Delhi Jal Board said, “The proper disposal of treatment plant effluent is an essential part of planning and designing wastewater treatment facilities. DJB is doing a commendable job of promoting use of treated effluent for non-potable purposes and at present 420 MGD of treated effluent is being produced at all the 36 Wastewater Treatment Plants of DJB. This government is looking to use all of this water for non-potable purposes to reduce stress on potable water.”

    With the use of tertiary treatment, DJB is ensuring that recycled water of substantially improved quality is available for re-use, i.e. for washing or for cooling, construction and many other such non-potable purposes. This will reduce stress on drinking water, reduce extraction of ground water and will also bridge the demand supply gap.

DJB Chairman commissions bio-gas power generation plant at Yamuna Vihar; production to scale from 1.5 MWH to 5MWH per day

·      Delhi Jal Board commissions bio-gas based Power Generation Plant at Yamuna Vihar
·      New Plant is producing 1500 kilo watt hour (KWH) of energy everyday which will steadily increase to 5000 KWH per day
·      Yamuna Vihar is the 4th power generation Plant of DJB
·      Apart from the bio-gas, the DJB is also producing clean energy from other sources like Solar and Hydroelectric

Delhi Jal Board has commissioned its 4th bio-gas based Power Generation Plant. The Plant is located in the campus of Yamuna Vihar STP. The Plant produces electricity from the bio-gas produced in the Sewage Treatment Plant. The present power generation of the Plant is 1500 KWH per day which will increase to 5000 KWH per day by end of this year. Thus the Plant will produce 18 lakh units of electricity every year and will save Rs.1.5 Cr annually to DJB on account of power cost. The Plant will also help in reducing air pollution by capturing and burning Methane produced at Sewage Treatment Plant for power production.

Yamuna Vihar is the 4th bio-gas based power generation Plant of DJB. Other such Plants are located in Okhla, Kondli and Rithala. Apart from producing clean energy, these Plants also reduce dependence of DJB on power supply from DISCOMS. Besides this, DJB is also making use of other new and renewable sources. It has a Solar power generation Plant at Jhandewalan and DJB also has also commissioned the first ever Hydroelectric Plant in Delhi which is located at Chilla STP. DJB produces 54,000 KWH of clean energy every day thus saving crores of rupees on energy cost and is also making valuable contribution towards protection of environment.

Sh. Kapil Mishra, Hon’ble Minister for Water and Chairperson, DJB said, “At DJB it has been a conscious choice to be self reliant in the production of a non-polluting and renewable source of energy. Moreover, Bio-gas plants are easy to set up and require little capital investment on a small scale basis. Production of bio-gas will lead to improvement in the environment.”

DJB has also invited bids for installing 20 MGD capacity Solar Power Generation units, at its Water Treatment Plant across Delhi. A feasibility study on setting up more hydroelectric Plants has also been commissioned.  The DJB is committed to achieve energy neutrality of its plants and promote clean sources of energy.

Silent changes that you may not hear about: AAP’s dramatic infrastructural improvements in sewage treatment

  • Sewage Treatment by Delhi Jal Board crosses the new landmark of 450 MGD per day
  • Utilization of installed capacity of Treatment Plants optimized
  • Many drains which were falling into the river Yamuna intercepted and treated at STPs, thus reducing pollutio
  • Many new colonies brought into sewerage network
  • Sewage treatment will be further increased to 500 MGD by 31st December, 2015

    The Delhi Jal Board has achieved a new landmark by increasing the sewage treatment of 450 Million Gallon per day (MGD) or 2250 Million Litres per day (MLD) in Delhi. The inflow of sewage is increasing daily and it is targeted to enhance the sewerage treatment to 500 MGD by end of this year.

    The substantial increase in quantity of sewage treated at the STPs of DJB has been possible due to increased inflow of sewage by intercepting drains and covering more colonies under the sewerage network. The drains which have been intercepted and their discharge brought into the nearest STP includes Vishwas Nagar Drain, Sooraj Mal Drain, Dilshad Garden Nallah, Pankha Road Drain, Delhi Gate Nallah, Balbir Nagar Drain & Yamuna Vihar Main Road Drain. These drains were directly or indirectly falling into river Yamuna and were thus increasing the pollution load of the river. Interception and diversion of these drains to the STPs has contributed to reduction in the pollution load in river.

    Apart from interception of drains, the increased sewage flow in the STPs has also been due to operationalisation of sewerage network in more colonies. The new colonies which have been brought under the sewerage network are Sanjay Nagar (Gulabi Bagh), West Jyoti Nagar, Rani Garden, Shanti Mohalla in East Delhi, Hira Park (Najafgarh), New Janki Puri, Keshoram Park, Sitapuri-II, Chanakya Place-II, Bhagwati Garden, Bhagwati Garden Extn and Jai Bharat Enclave.

    Sh. Kapil Mishra, Hon’ble Minister for Water and Chairperson, DJB said, “At DJB, our focus is on water recycling to optimise the use of precious water resources in Delhi. Increasing the sewage treatment capacity will result in the creation and nurturing of a water cycle that has a minimal impact on the environment. Treating sewage to quality standards will help in the rejuvenation of  Delhi’s lifeline, the Yamuna river.”

    The Delhi Jal Board has 30 STPs at 17 different locations across Delhi. It’s DJB’s endeavor to enhance the quantity of sewage treated in these plants to 600 MGD in one year which will surely a big step forward towards the goal of cleaning rive Yamuna. Operationalization of all the packages of Interceptor Sewer Project in next one year will help DJB in achieving the optimal utilization of existing STPs and making valuable contribution towards cleaning of Yamuna river.

#ThrowbackThursday Press Release: Delhi Government delivers on promises from PWD Foundation Day!

    Dated : 25/7/2015

    Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal today exhorted the Engineers & technologists to use the best technology & practices for making Delhi ‘the best city of the world.’  Shri Kejriwal said that Delhi Government will give the best exposures to the Engineers & technologists to know best knowledge & practices prevalent in the other countries for shaping the city as a world class city.  The Chief Minister was speaking, while inaugurating a seminar and exhibition on new technology initiatives on the occasion of celebration of 54th  Foundation Day of  PWD, Delhi in a function organized by Public Works Department at Delhi Secretariat today.  Dy. Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia, Minister of PWD Shri Satyendar Jain, Parliament Secretary to Minister, PWD Sh. Vijender Garg,  Chief Secretary of Delhi Sh. K.K. Sharma, Secretary PWD Shri Chetan B Sanghi, Engineer-in- Chief PWD Shri Mukand Joshi  were the distinguished guests on this occasion.

    On this occasion, Chief Minister exhorted the PWD Engineers to rise to new challenges and use new technology, innovative methods for a quantum leap in output levels of PWD to meet the targets set by new Govt. He asked PWD to make all efforts to transform Delhi into a world class city. Chief Minister expressed his pleasure about construction of Mohalla Clinic by PWD in a short time and cost effective way.
    Shri Kejriwal assured all the Officers of PWD that Delhi Government will give them hurdle free atmosphere in order to take up the developmental project in Delhi.  He said that Aam Aadmi Clinic was a wonderful project done by the PWD in the minimum expenditure incurred for the welfare of the people.  He said that while taking up the project the Officers must ensure that no inconvenience is faced by the people.
    Chief Minister asked the officers to ensure that on-going projects should be completed without any further delay in the capital. Transformation of roads section to allow smooth flow of traffic, addition of 10,000 beds  in hospitals, construction of more schools are some of the tasks to be completed in 3-4 years by new Govt. He also stressed that environment impact should be minimised by keeping design simple and cost effective. He also expressed that as roads, to being most visibly linked to lives of people, should undergo transformation into modern roads.
    Dy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia on this occasion said that PWD shall meet ambitious targets given by the new Government. He stated that PWD has in recent times achieved many challenging tasks otherwise thought to be difficult. He expressed that if given opportunity and right direction by Government, PWD can transform  aspiration of people into reality.
    Sh. Satyandar Jain, PWD Minister stated that PWD shall be restructured for more efficient performance by reducing repetitive working.
    Chief Secretary Sh. K.K. Sharma expressed that PWD by combining new technology with new creative thinking can under great service to people Delhi.

    Prior to this, 20 presentation on diverse topics related to roads, buildings, mechanised parking, mechanised sweeping, rain water harvesting, energy saving etc were made.

    19 Nos. stake holders in construction Industry participated in displaying their products in exhibition.