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Centre approves 100 per cent sewerage treatment for Delhi

New Delhi : The Union Government has given the go-ahead to several projects for the creation of sewage treatment infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi under its ambitious Namai Gange programme.

The projects, worth about Rs 1900 crore, will ensure that there is hundred per cent sewage treatment facility in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi besides Haridwar, Rishikesh, Vrindavan, Varanasi and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) approved a comprehensive project of interception, diversion and treatment of sewage in Naini, Phaphamau and Jhunsi sewerage zones of Allahabad at an estimated cost of Rs 767.59 crore.

Apart from construction of a 42 million litre per day (MLD) sewage treatment plant (STP) in Naini, the project also encompasses building up of eight sewage pumping stations, among other works.

None of the three zones have any sewerage schemes or any sanctioned STPs as yet.

The freshly approved projects, along with the existing ones, would take care of sewage management of the core city of Allahabad bounded by the Ganga and Yamuna. The projects are also expected to help arrest flowing wastewater of 18 drains into the rivers to ensure pollution free water for bathing at Sangam during Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019.

In neighbouring Bihar, the NMCG gave approval to three projects of sewage treatment infrastructure for Pahari sewage zone in Patna, including construction of a 60 MLD sewage treatment plant and laying of sewerage lines at an estimated cost of about Rs 744 crore.

With these approvals, Patna will now have a sewage treatment capacity of 200 MLD.

In the NCT of Delhi, construction of as many as seven prioritized STPs of total capacity of 94 MLD in Najafgarh area have been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 344.81 crore under ‘Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna’ project that was initiated on the directions of National Green Tribunal (NGT).

The Najafgarh drain contributes around 70 per cent of the total discharge of the city into the Yamuna, including a lot of untreated sewage.

New STPs have been approved for Tajpur Khurd (36 MLD), Jaffarpur Kalan (12 MLD), Khera Dabar (5 MLD), Hasanpur (12 MLD), Kakraula (12 MLD), Kair (5 MLD) and Tikri Kalan (12 MLD). With this, all planned projects in Delhi have been approved.

On the afforestation front, an all-encompassing programme in five Ganga main stem states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal – at an estimated cost of Rs 61.5 crore has also been given the go-ahead. This would include sapling preparations in nurseries, soil work, plantation and care.

With this, NMCG has given go-ahead to projects worth more than Rs 4,100 crore during the last three months in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and NCT of Delhi.

Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti is currently on a Ganga Nirikshan Abhiyan from Gangasagar to Gangotri to personally monitor the progress of Namami Gange programme.

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