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Ghaziabad: Operation of 56 MLD STP at Raj Nagar Extension started

The STP has the capacity to treat 56 million litres a day (MLD), officials said.

noida Updated: Jan 20, 2018 21:19 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Ghaziabad,sewage plant,Raj Nagar
Sewage was discharged in the open until now, as the internal and main trunk lines were not connected to the STP(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

After a wait of nearly two years, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) on Saturday formally inaugurated its sewage treatment plant (STP) at Raj Nagar Extension (RNE).

The STP has the capacity to treat 56 million litres a day (MLD), officials said.

The move will benefit thousands of residents in the upcoming township. The sewage was discharged in the open until now, as the internal and main trunk lines were not connected to the STP.

The STP was constructed at a cost of Rs78 crore with a view to cater to a population of 8.8 lakh residents in 2040, officials said.

“There was a stay by the court for nearly two years and the facility was caught in litigation. We got the stay vacated in November 2017 and completed the pending works. The STP will be trialled for three months and the construction agency will take up its maintenance for five years,” Ritu Maheshwari, vice chairperson, GDA.

Officials said that the annual operational cost of the facility is nearly Rs1.5 crore. Maheshwari said that the installation of a solar power plant at the STP will definitely reduce the operational expenses and will be considered at the earliest.

Recently, the authority had announced that it will get solar power plants installed at STPs, community centres and government offices to promote non-conventional sources of energy and also reduce pollution.

According to the members of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) in RNE, nearly 17,000 families have already moved to the locality and another 10,000 are expected in 2018. There are 45 projects in the area that are under construction.

The authority has completed the work of laying the 9.5-kilometre trunk line and another 22km of internal sewage network for the housing hub at a cost of Rs35 crore.

Officials of the authority said that a concrete drain, a 500-metre stretch, is proposed from the STP to river Hindon but it is yet to be constructed.

“In the absence of a concrete drain, we are discharging the treated sewage in the river with the help of pipes. Construction of the drain will take nearly six months,” RP Singh, executive engineer, GDA, said.

Environmentalists are of the view that the treated water of the STP should not be discharged into the river. “It should be utilised for construction purposes or for irrigation of plantation in the area. There is massive construction activity going on at RNE. Further, the authorities must ensure treatment of sewage from major drains, which is currently dumped in the river without treatment,” Vikrant Sharma, an environmentalist and resident of RNE, said.

According to the authority officials, the STP is presently being run at one-fourth of its capacity, on the basis of waste generating by the housing hub.

The construction of the plant started in November 2011.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 21:19 IST