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Sewage treatment plant agenda may raise a stink

An agenda of the municipal corporation concerning the setting of a sewage treatment plant (STP) at Maloya is bound to raise stink in days to come. The civic body plans to discuss in the House the technology for setting up of 5-MGD plant at an estimated cost of Rs 35 crore on April 30 even as a committee formed last year to suggest such measures has failed to submit a report.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 25, 2013 09:35 IST
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An agenda of the municipal corporation concerning the setting of a sewage treatment plant (STP) at Maloya is bound to raise stink in days to come. The civic body plans to discuss in the House the technology for setting up of 5-MGD plant at an estimated cost of Rs 35 crore on April 30 even as a committee formed last year to suggest such measures has failed to submit a report.


For the past 11 months, the seven-member panel had not even visited a single treatment plant in the region. The mayor, Subhash Chawla, had even disbanded the committee two weeks ago. Will the entire 'wasteful' process be repeated?

During the House meeting in June last, BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi, who took up the issue, raised several queries on the proposal of the plant. “Why only consider one technology when hundreds of options are available?” he said.

Joshi suggested the House that instead of spending Rs 35 crore on a project, effluents can be lifted by way of pumping, which would be very economical and the corporation would save nearly Rs 25 crore.

Same technology over and over again
In June last, HT had highlighted how the MC used same Sequencing-Based Reactor (SBR) technology at different STPs. The House finally decided to defer the agenda and a seven-member committee was formed under the chairmanship of Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi to conduct a study tour to places where different types of technologies are being used for STP. After the committee's report, the House was supposed to decide on technology suitable for the Maloya STP. The committee, however, had not visited any of the plants in the past 11 months.

Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga also questioned the working of the consultants and inclination towards one technology. “Also, the figures of the population given in the report are far from accurate and we want the project reviewed,” he said.

Speaking to HT, Sanjiv Bhatia, managing director, 3R Environmental Systems, said, “I had already brought to the notice of MC commissioner and councillors that for their stated goal of recycling the effluent for horticulture purposes, the SBR technology by itself was inadequate. The quality of effluents after passing through SBR is not good enough (as it has high odour) and needs tertiary treatment before it can be used for horticulture purposes.”

To treat effluents from colonies and villages located in the vicinity of Patiala ki Rao, including colonies of Khuda Lahora, Maloya, Madrasi and Dhanas and villages of Khuda Jassu, Sarangpur, Dhanas, Dadumajra and Maloya, the MC has decided to construct 5 million gallon daily (MGD) STP at a cost of Rs 35 crore and to channel it into the N-choe.

When contacted, superintending engineer, public health department of MC, RC Diwan said, “We are bringing the agenda of STP in the House meeting and let it decide on the matter.”