Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 28
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will inaugurate six ‘Namami Gange’ projects with a bulk of them relating to sewage treatment in Uttarakhand, which is expected to take care of the hilly state’s needs for the next 15 years.
Besides, the Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation a museum on Ganga having nomenclature “Ganga Avlokan” at Chandi Ghat.
The sewage treatment capacity in Uttarakhand in 2014 was limited to only 61.5 MLD. Of this, 45 MLD capacity needed improvement. Under Namami Gange, 45 MLD STP capacity has been rehabilitated and 153 MLD new capacity has been created.
“This has improved the sewage treatment capacity to 214.5 MLD adequate for 15 years,” Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, director general, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) said.
A bulk of the projects relate to Haridwar-Rishikesh zone which comprises the two holy cities accounting for about 80 per cent of sewage disposal in the river Ganga.
The projects in Haridwar will increase the city’s sewage treatment capacity to 145 MLD from the present 45 MLD.
The estimated sewage generation in the city was 114 MLD (for year 2016) and 150 MLD (for year 2035). Sewage treatment capacity during the year 2014-15 was only 45 MLD.
The upgradation of 27 MLD Jagjeetpur and 18 MLD Sarai (Tertiary treatment), and construction of another 68 MLD sewage treatment plant at Jagjeetpur, which will be inaugurated tomorrow, has been completed at the cost of Rs. 386.30 crore.
It is the first sewerage project which is awarded under Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM).
“After completion of these two projects, all projects sanctioned under Namami Gange in Haridwar are now completed,” Mishra said.
The Rishikesh sewage generation in the city was 14.6 MLD in 2016, upgraded from 6 MLD in 2014-15. New STP of 26 MLD has been completed within a record time of two years from the start of work at a sanctioned cost of Rs 158 crore.
Also, the projects to be launched include 7.5 MLD STP at Chandreshwar Nagar, 5 MLD at Chorpani in Muni ki Reti and 1 MLD and 0.01 MLD STP at Badrinath.