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Here are a few suggestions for the Haryana govt to fix Gurgaon’s sewerage problem...

india Updated: Sep 26, 2008 23:54 IST
Moushumi das gupta


Expand city’s sewerage

Expand the existing sewer network to cover all urban and rural areas within Gurgaon’s municipal limits. A sewerage master plan also needs to be drawn up keeping in mind the rapid population growth in the city.

2. Maintain existing sewers
Maintain and upgrade all the sewer lines. The existing sewer lines were laid way back in the 1980s and have become completely dilapidated. There is a need to overhaul the entire sewerage system.

3. De-silt sewers regularly
Along with augmenting the city’s sewer system, all the big and small drains should be de-silted at regular intervals. Because drains are not properly de-silted, they clog even in the slightest downpour.

4. Add treatment plants
More sewage treatment plants (STPs) need to be set up. At present, the city has only two STPs with 98 million litre per day capacity for a population of two million. To make matters worse, both run below capacity.

5. Segregate solid waste
Segregate solid waste and sewage at source. At present, solid garbage enters storm water drains and clogs them. The storm water drains also need to be kept covered at all times to keep garbage from entering them.