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Delhi Jal to Spend $646 Million to Modernize India Water

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Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Delhi Jal Board, the main water supplier for India’s capital, plans to spend 40 billion rupees ($646 million) modernizing New Delhi’s treatment and distribution infrastructure, Chairman Debashree Mukherjee said.

The state-run utility will invest as much as 15 percent more in the financial year ending March 2014, or 40 billion rupees total, in new water works and upgrades compared with the year-earlier period, Mukherjee said today in India’s largest city. Metropolitan New Delhi has about 22 million residents.

Delhi Jal Board, which treats 747 million gallons of water a day, has awarded contracts to companies including Europe’s largest water and wastewater-treatment utilities Suez Environnement Co. and Veolia Environnement SA.

Fifty-four percent of Delhi’s sewage is treated by Delhi Jal Board, with the remainder released raw into the Yamuna River, the largest tributary of the Ganges River, Press Trust of India reported in April.

Delhi Jal Board expects more private companies to be awarded water contracts, Mukherjee said today in New Delhi.

To contact the reporter on this story: Archana Chaudhary in New Delhi at achaudhary2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Sam Nagarajan at samnagarajan@bloomberg.net; Randall Hackley at rhackley@bloomberg.net

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