In order to check pollution created by domestic and industrial effluents of drains and nullahs across Punjab, the Punjab gover nment has completed 41 sewerage treatment plants (STPs) out of the total 173 proposed through the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) and work on 41 STPs is in progress.
The Punjab and Haryana high cour t was infor med on Friday during the hearing of a case based on a news item published in an English daily bringing to light that Lasara drain passing through Bathinda had become a carrier of effluents from factories and toxic water into the cultivated fields resulting in health problems to residents.
However, it was infor med that for total 163 towns in the state, 186 STPs are to be constructed. Of these, 173 would be constructed by the PWSSB, three each by Punjab water and sanitation department and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority and seven by Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority.
For completion of all STPs across the state, the state government sought a year’s time from the high court.
It was informed that 13 towns are discharging domestic effluents into Lasara drain and one STP each was proposed for every town.
Of these, STPs at Rampura Phul, Kotfatta, Bhucho Mandi, Sangat Mandi, Talwandi Sabo and Bathinda have been commissioned. Tenders have been re-invited for the Tappa STP, 46% work of the STP at Maur and 14% work at Rama Mandi has been completed, acquisition of land for Malerkotla STP is under process, for Dhanaula and Barnala STPs detailed project reports have been sent for approval. However, at Khanna STP only primary treatment is being done.
Amicuscuriae ( advocate appointed to assist court) SS Behl submitted that there is an aggravated problem of Lasara drain that starts from Ludhiana, enters Sangrur and then passes through Barnala. He said the STPs dedicated to this drain are scheduled in the last phase and there being an aggravated problem regarding medical issues where a large population of Bathinda district is affected by cancer, priority