The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) in India has, over a period of six months, covered more than half of the city’s 5,600-km network of internal, peripheral and trunk sewers under the digitised mapping system. Simply put, this may mean quicker action on leakages and faults in the sewage system and of course, less harassment to complainants at the local DJB office.
According to DJB officials, the project would be fully operational by next monsoon. Explaining the mechanism of the system, an official said: “We have placed sensors in most parts of the sewage network which would detect faults and leakages as and when they occur. These sensors would then send signals to our computers at the headquarters, which would be constantly monitored by our team of engineers. We have also created an extensive database of troubled areas, which will help us in planning better.”