STPs defunct, but PMC applies for eleven more

Civic body will get Rs 1,000 cr in 13 instalments from the Union government
Earlier this week, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had issued sum mons for ignoring the existing sewage treatment plants (STP). Even as they are barely able to run the existing plants, the civic body has declared construction of 11 new plants to reduce pollution from the MulaMutha with the help of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).Currently, the civic body has 10 STPs, out of which only two are functional that treat 567 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage. These are located at Baner, Naidu and Bhairoba Nala.

On Thursday, municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar (who was also served summons earlier) shared, “The PMC will receive funds from the Union government which will come in 13 instalments. Out of these two have already arrived. We will use the amount to construct three STPs for which the land acquisition process has been initiated. A total of Rs 1,000 crore has be allotted for setting of 11 STPs (which will have a 395 MLD capacity) and community toilets.“

Executive engineer of the sewage treatment department, Jagdish Khanore, affirmed the fact that there is a gap between capacity and inflow.

“We have to treat 750 MLD of sewage against a capacity of 567 MLD. The remaining water di rectly goes into river. We have planned to enhance the capacity under this project,“ Khanore said.

Adding to the grievances, the plant at Baner has leakage issues, informed Shrinwas Kandul, superintendent engineer of STPs department.“Others at Bhairoba Nala and Naidu are running under capacity,“ Kandul said.

Till date, the PMC has spent Rs 186 crore to construct and treat sewage water. They have made a plan amounting to Rs 990 crore to build 11 STPs for a 100 per cent output. The plan has been sent to the National River Conservation Directorate which gives funds to improve water quality of polluted river under National River Conservation Plan (NRCP). The project has to be completed before 2027.

Source : Mirror