After putting the Rs 35 crore sewage treatment plant (STP) project at Maloya on hold for more than a year, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has finally scrapped the proposed plan.
The civic body has now proposed to connect the sewer with existing trunk sewer following which effluents will be discharged at the sewage treatment plant at Diggian village in Phase-11, SAS Nagar.
The proposal for connecting the sewer will be through pumping of sewer or by natural alignment.
To treat effluents from colonies and villages located in the vicinity of Patiala ki Rao such as Khuda Lahora, Maloya, Madrasi and Dhanas, Khuda Jassu, Sarangpur and Dadumajra, the MC had decided to construct 5 million gallon daily (MGD) sewage treatment plant at a cost of Rs 35 crore and to channel it into the N-choe.
When contacted, MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand confirmed that the project had been scrapped. “We will explore other options as the proposed STP was very expensive. We have more options which will cost us less,” Anand said.
“Moreover, the 30 million gallon daily (MGD) sewage treatment plant at Diggian is receiving only 15 to 20 MGD sewage. We will be throwing the sewage at Diggian plant,” he said.
During the MC house meeting in June last year, BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi had raised question on the proposed plant.
“Why only one technology when hundreds of other technologies are available,” Joshi had said. Joshi had suggesting that instead of spending Rs 35 crore on the project, effluents can be lifted by way of pumping, which would be very economical and the MC would save nearly Rs 25 crore by this.
No action on Diggian plant functioning
It was decided in the meeting of the finance and contract committee (F&CC) of MC held in July that a report on the functioning of sewage treatment plant at Diggian village, Phase-11, will be placed in its meeting in August. The report is still awaited.
In what could be a case of negligence or possible collusion between certain officials of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh and Pune-based private firm Thermax, the civic body has been paying full amount to the firm for just half the work for over four years now, causing the exchequer a loss of Rs 1.2 crore.
The Pune-based company, which has been treating the city’s sewage, was given the contract to treat and maintain 30 million gallon daily (MDG) of sewage. However, it has been treating just 15 MGD, half the quantity, and yet has been paid the full amount. The company is being paid Rs 60 lakh a year.