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For Rs 1.5 crore, French firm reproduces old data in report on sewage treatment plants in Chandigarh

A senior MC officer said Rs 1.5 crore has been paid to the company for setting up the office etc.

punjab Updated: Oct 06, 2017 16:07 IST
Hillary Victor
The company, initially, is to be paid ₹30 crore for 62 projects and surveys related to smart city.
The company, initially, is to be paid ₹30 crore for 62 projects and surveys related to smart city.(HT File )

In an inauspicious start to the smart city project, one of the first reports that a French firm, Egis International, has prepared on Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) has turned out to be a reproduction of old data and does not say anything new. The company, in the initial stages, is to be paid Rs 30 crore for 62 projects and surveys related to the smart city.

A senior MC officer said Rs 1.5 crore has been paid to the company for setting up the office etc.

REPORT BREAKS NO NEW GROUND
  • In it 36-page report, the company that is to upgrade all five sewage treatment plants (STPs) under the smart city project at the cost of Rs 500 crore, just mentions the status of each STP; this is already in the record books of the MC, civic officials claimed.
  • Officials also claim that the company did not conduct a reality check and relied only on data provided by the municipal corporation.
  • The company’s report does not even give suggestions on the improvement of the plants, but only lists a comparison of rates of various types of technologies pertaining to the STP.

In it 36-page report, the company that is to upgrade all five sewage treatment plants (STPs) under the smart city project at the cost of Rs 500 crore, just mentions the status of each STP; this is already in the record books of the MC, civic officials claimed.

Officials also claim that the company did not conduct a reality check and relied only on data provided by the municipal corporation. The company’s report does not even give suggestions on the improvement of the plants, but only lists a comparison of rates of various types of technologies pertaining to the STP.

PPCB report saying no need for upgrade complicates matter

The entire project of the upgrade of the STPs has come under a cloud after a Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) report of April 10, 2017, at the Sewage Treatment Plant at Diggian in Phase-11 Mohali, stated that there no need for an upgrade of the plant. So, if we grant the assumption that upgrade was needed, then senior MC officials question the company on why this report does not make any reference to whether it ( the company) collected any samples.

Another observation in the report that MC officials claim is wrong is that 93 per cent of sewer is being treated.

The French company will upgrade all five STPs - Diggian at Phase-11, 3 BRD near Air force station, STP at Raipur Kalan and Raipur Khurd and Dhanas at cost of Rs 500 crore. The project will be completed under the smart city project and the amount will be spent from smart city fund.

Data fudged to create need for upgrade?

Now, experts also question that whether the need for upgrade was created after fudging the figures. They claim that the existing capacity of the five plants is enough to treat all the sewage that the city generates. They point out that the total capacity of STP plants in city is 53.5 MGD ( Million Gallons a Day) ( 1 crore litre of sewage can be treated) against the sewage generated of 44 MGD. With an addition capacity of 5MGD added at Malya recently, the city has 60 MGD capacity.

How is sewage generated calculated

MC receives 78 MGD water from Kajauli water works and tubewells, and 16 MGD goes waste due to underground leakages. The civic body is then left with 62 MGD. In any city, it is assumed that 70% of the water supplied returns as sewage and in this case it turns out to be 44 MGD. So, the city needs to treat 44 MGD.