Reiterating the state government's firm commitment to enhance the quality of urban life and to make Ludhiana city and its suburbs pollution free, the Punjab chief minister on Monday approved a blue print to upgrade and add new capacities at Jamalpur, Bhattian and Balloke Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) with an investment of Rs 270 crore.
This decision was taken by the chief minister while reviewing the Satluj river cleaning project after meticulously deliberating upon the recommendations of the two separate committees constituted to study the problem.
It was also decided in the meeting that a new STP of 70 million litre disposal (MLD) will be constructed at Jamalpur with a cost of Rs 90 crore and another will be built at Bhattian of 100 MLD capacity with a cost of Rs 130 crore. Badal also gave a go ahead for the upgradation of the existing 48 MLD STP at Jamalpur, 111 MLD STP at Bhattian, besides upgradation of STP having capacity of 152 MLD at Balloke in Ludhiana. The Chief Minister also gave his nod to connect the disposal of municipal sewage at Tibba road to the STP at Bhattian to reduce the pollution levels in Budha Nullah.
The chief minister also gave approval for the construction of a new biogas plant in the dairy cluster of Tajpur area over 2.50 acres to be executed by Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) by making optimum utilisation of the cow-dung, which, as of now, was being discharged into the Budha Nullah, thereby posing a major health hazard.
Likewise, the existing biogas plant at Haibowal dairy complex would be upgraded with a cost of Rs 7 crore with capacity expansion to increase the intake of cow dung from nearby dairies.
He also asked the concerned authorities to speed up the construction work of Common Effluents
Treatment Plant (CETP) near jail in Ludhiana so that the industrial effluents that are discharged into Jamalpur STP and Gandha Nullah at Dharam Kanda Chowk are treated scientifically to put to use for agriculture.
The CM also approved the installation of two new generator sets of 350 KV at a cost of Rs 5.70 crore at Bhattian to make the STP fully operational during period of power disruption. Badal also directed the state irrigation department to prepare a comprehensive scheme for the lining of Buddha Nullah. He also directed the officials of all executing agencies to ensure that the tenders for these works are floated by June 20 and work be commenced by October 1.