Following a series of representations by residents and PILs (public interest litigation) at the Allahabad high court, the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) is set to resolve sewage problems at Indirapuram.
Authority officials said that they have planned long-term and short-term measures to resolve the issue of sewage backflow in the area. Residents said that the problem is persisting for several years.
“Under short-term measures, we will purchase a supersucker machine and a jetting-cum-suction machine. We have also proposed to closely monitor the regular functioning of the main pumping station of the municipal corporation during monsoon. Further, we have completed changing the old screen of the main sewage pumping station, which was choked with garbage,” Chakresh Jain, executive engineer of GDA, said.
As part of the short-term measures, a new drainage outlet from sewage treatment plant (STP) campus is also being constructed. The new drain is coming up over the CISF-Vasundahra road and an 18-metre part is pending due to land issue.
There are three sewage treatment plants -- 56MLD (million litres per day) of GDA, 48MLD of municipal corporation and 74MLD of UP Jal Nigam. Officials said the main issue at Indirapuram is the flow of sewage from Kaushambi, Vaishali, Vasundhara, delta colonies and parts of Sahibabad to a combined trunk line in the area.
“When the sewage flows to Indirapuram, it flows through the main trunk line towards the corporation’s STP. Sewage from Indirapuram also moves through the main trunk line. This overburdens the main trunk line and causes an overflow when the corporation’s 48MLD plant shuts down. However, we run our 56MLD STP at full capacity. To solve the issue, we have planned to lay down a completely new trunk line for sewage from other colonies directly to the corporation’s 48 MLD plant,” Jain said.
GDA officials said they have sought line drawings for the sewage network from UP Jal Nigam, after which they will consult departments concerned and take the final decision.
The authority is in damage-control mode after the federation of apartment owners’ association (Fed-AOA) had filed a PIL in the high court. The court disposed the petition, directing the GDA to hold a meeting with the petitioners and also gave them a liberty to file a fresh petition in case the issue is not resolved.
“The authority’s move is a welcome step. As a measure, they should also upgrade the low capacity internal sewage lines which are overloaded due to increasing housing projects. The monsoon season will be testing for us. In case we don’t get relief, we will move a contempt petition in court,” DK Maurya, member of Fed-AOA, said.