Taj East Drain Improvement Plan

Taj East Drain Improvement Plan


The Taj East Drain Improvement Plan (TEDIP) was designed to restore the 4.4 km long stormwater drain to the east of Tajmahal. Taj East drain passes through Tajganj and has nearly 6500 households clustered in 19 settlements along the edges. TEDIP sought to address the root causes of the problem and not just the “end of stream” treatment. It aimed to do four things; one, intercept the sewage by completing the sewer system in the area, ensuring all houses had home toilets that were also connected to the sewer line and from there to the STP; two, reduce solid waste dumped into the drain by setting up a solid waste collection, decentralized composting and recycling system; three, build micro wastewater treatment systems - reed beds, cascades, DEWATS, etc. to treat the grey water as it flows down to the river. The purpose was to improve livable habitats along the drain and reclaim and develop public lands under piles of solid waste for recreation. Four, a wetland system on the floodplains was proposed to treat the water through natural bio-remediation systems, sunlight and vegetation before recharging into River Yamuna. TEDIP was co-produced by all concerned departments and approved by the National Green Tribunal.

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