WASTE-WATER RELEASED from the 78-million-litre daily (MLD) sewage treatment plant at Kabitkhedi will soon be made available to local industries, builders and farmers for a nominal price.
The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) today agreed to take over the plant from M/s Envirocontrol and hand it over to a private firm for a three-month period for Rs 9 lakh. The firm will be allowed to recoup its investment by selling the treated wastewater for non-drinking purposes.
A proposal to this effect was cleared by the Mayor-in-Council (MiC) at a meeting held at the mayor’s residence this evening.
The ten-member mayoral cabinet also approved tender bids for headworks component, including intake well and filtration plant, amounting to nearly Rs 63 crore for the third phase of the Narmada project.
M/s Nagarjuna Construction Limited, Hyderabad, was awarded the tender for constructing a 900-million-litre daily (MLD) intake well and pump house at Bakhal near the existing intake well site at a cost of Rs 22.61 crore. The contractor would also be required to build 15 sluice gates with screens, a 90-m-high and 10-feet-wide ramp as well as a 120-m-wide approach road to the intake well proposed to be built 90 metres from the river bank.
The tender for the proposed 363 MLD water treatment plant (Rs 39.71 crore) was awarded to M/s Environcontrol, the same firm that constructed the 78 MLD plant at Kabitkhedi.
Incidentally, the decision regarding the sewage treatment plant came after Envirocontrol officials complained to the Centre about the Corporation’s failure to take over the facility even after the expiry of the yearlong trial period. The Centre then wrote to the State Government which threatened to cut off funding for developmental projects unless the civic body took over the plant.
The MiC also okayed the setting up of a laser extravaganza and sound and light show detailing the history of Ahilya Devi and other rulers of the Holkar dynasty at Meghdoot Garden. The project, patterned after a similar exhibit in Hyderabad, is expected to cost approximately Rs 3 crore.
Also cleared was a proposal to allow the exhibition of privately owned animals at Kamla Nehru Zoo in return for financial consideration and the construction of a bridge at the site.
Not surprisingly, build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects figured prominently in the meeting agenda. Among the proposals listed; setting up unipoles displaying time, date and info on traffic, weather and pollution levels at 16 prominent squares and central lighting on the Mhow Naka-Gangwal Bus Stand, Rasoma Lab-Malwa Mill Square, Malwa Mill-Rajkumar Bridge and City Centre-Malwa Mill Square.
In each case the contractor would be granted advertising space in return for his investment and both proposals were cleared by the mayoral council.
Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma, Additional Municipal Commissioner Kumar Purshottam, MiC members Munnalal Yadav, Lalit Porwal, Rajendra Rathore, Sapna Chauhan, Shanta Jhanwar and departmental heads were among those who attended the meeting that wrapped up in less than 40 minutes.
Mayor-in-Council clearance for:
1 Tender bids for constructing a 900 million litres daily (MLD) intake well and pump house (Rs 22.61 crore) and 363 MLD water treatment plant (Rs 39.71 crore) for Narmada-III
2 Taking over 78 MLD sewage treatment plant at Kabitkhedi from PHE and handing it over to private firm for 3 months for Rs 9 lakh. Firm to sell wastewater to industrialists, builders and farmers.
3 Setting up a laser light and son et lumiere show at Meghdoot Garden (approx Rs 3 crore).
4 Exhibition of privately-owned animals at Kamla Nehru Zoo in return for financial consideration
5 Laying 10 feeder roads with a combined length of 15 km for the Bus Rapid Transit System (Rs 60 crore)
6 Setting up unipoles displaying time, date and info on weather and pollution levels at 16 squares on Build-Operate-
transfer (B-O-T) basis.
7 New CSR for purchase of cement, metal (gitti), sand and other construction material