STP project delayed in UP
Lucknow | Sunday, Sep 12 2010 IST
Leaking pipes and faulty designs have prevented Asia's biggest Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) to go full steam in Uttar Pradesh state capital.
The officials now vouch that this ambitious project would be fully operational by this year end. Principal Secretary Urban Development Alok Ranjan said that this STP was to be fully operational by June end. Some technical glitches have pushed this project back by a few months.
Though Mr Ranjan did not elaborate, some officials in Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam said that 'leaking pipes' were the main culprits. ''The pipes which were supposed to bring sewage from different parts of the city started leaking. And valuable time went in setting this problem right,'' he said on condition of anonymity.
An official of the Hydroaid Tectonics Ltd, Mumbai based company which is providing technical support for setting up the STP, said this treatment plant would be operational by the end of this year.
The Asia's biggest STP is set up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM) at Bharwara, around 20 km from Lucknow.
A study report by senior journalist Bishwajeet Banerjee, under media fellowship of Centre for Science and Environment(CSE), maintained that despite initial hiccups the STP was commissioned on June 19 with much fanfare. It was supposed to treat 345 Million Litres per Day (MLD) of sewage generated by the city, a home to 30 lakh people. But at present it is only treating 130 MLD -145 MLD of sewage.
''At present only the sewage of the cis-Gomti area, comprising mainly the old Lucknow region, are being brought to the STP through GH Canal pumping station. Once the Kukrail pumping station would be ready the sewage from the Trans-Gomti area would be treated here,'' Ravi Rastogi, a senior government official said, according to the report said.
Alok Ranjan said that once the STP becomes fully operational no sewage of Lucknow city would go directly to Gomti. This in turn will help in making Gomti pollution free.
''When functional, the STP will produce 400 cubic metres of methane gas per hour, which will generate 1,200 to 1,500 KW electricity that will be used to run the plant,'' he added.
Mr Ranjan said sewage collected from the entire city will enter the STP through three streams A, B and C with each having a capacity of 115 MLD.
The 26 nullahs that discharge the sewage of the entire city in Gomti have been connected to two pumping stations Baikunthdham pumping station of 190-MLD capacity for sewage of trans-Gomti areas and Gaizuddin Haider Canal pumping station of 158-MLD capacity for sewage from the remaining part of the city.
He said the two pumping stations would pump sewage to the Main Pumping Station (MPS) in Gwari culvert that will further pump the sewage to the STP in Bharwara. Work on the Rs 169-crore STP project had started in 2008.
Additional land had also been left at STP site for extension of its capacity by 115 MLD in future, he added. The installation of an STP happens to be one of the most important steps to keep the Gomti clean. Cleaning of the river, claimed to be the lifeline of the city, was taken up after chief minister Mayawati had expressed her displeasure over the state of things as far as the water pollution is concerned.
-- (UNI) -- 12DR12.xml
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