The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has asked a Gurgaon-based private firm to survey and provide estimates for cleaning filthy drains of the city with the help of nano bio-technology.
The decision was taken after the firm on Monday gave a detailed presentation about the process to top officials of the corporation.
Officials from the firm claimed that the process can effectively treat sludge as well as contaminated water.
“The nutrients are discharged into waterbodies at a nano scale. Then, diatoms (an algae) are produced in it that absorbs elements like nitrates and carbon dioxide etc through photosynthesis and release oxygen in return. We have already applied the technology in a drain in Vaishali and the results were effective. The survey for other drains will be done at the earliest,” said a senior official from the firm.
“We have asked the firm to prepare a budget after surveying the drains. We will forward the budget estimates and the survey reports to the state government which will take the final call. The company has cleaned a big drain in a residential ward,” said municipal commissioner Abdul Samad.
“Since the treatment process requires huge investment, the decision for engaging the agency cannot be taken at the local level. So, the proposal will be sent to the state government for further clearance,” he said.
Some of the big drains in Ghaziabad are highly polluted and filled with effluents. A pungent stench emanates from these drains all the time, leading to an unhealhy environment in nearby areas such as Vaishali, Sahibabad and delta colonies. Also, they lead to a lot of hygiene-related problems for residents.
According to the data of the municipal corporation, the city has nearly 407 big and small drains in its five zones. To remove sludge and other pollutants from them, the corporation spends nearly Rs. 1.25 crore per year.