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Centre clears Rs 1050-crore projects in Patna to clean Ganga

New Delhi : Continuing its efforts to set up sewage treatment infrastructure along the polluted Ganga river, the Centre has awarded projects worth Rs 1050 crore to several private companies under its 'Namami Gange' mission.

The projects are to be carried out in Bihar and will aim to arrest sewage pollution in the Ganga from Patna.

The amount will be spent for setting up two sewage treatment plants (STPs), carry out renovation of an existing STP, construction of two pumping stations and laying of new underground sewage network of about 400 kilometer.

All the projects have been approved to not only treat the current sewage generation across sewerage zones in Patna but also take into account sewage estimates for next 10 years, keeping in view the expected rise in the city's population.

UEM India Pvt Ltd and Jyoti Build Tech Pvt Ltd have been awarded the contracts to build a 60 million litre per day (MLD) sewage treatment plant and laying of new underground sewage network of 227 kilometer in Saidpur zone of the city at a cost of Rs 600 crore.

Noida-based UEM India Pvt Ltd provides engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) and O&M services for water and wastewater treatment plants and is now part of Japan's Toshiba Group.

Also, three other leading companies - Larsen & Turbo Ltd, Voltas Ltd and GAA Germany JV have been awarded separate projects in Beur zone of the city worth over Rs 450 crore to build one 23 MLD sewage treatment plant, renovate an existing 20 MLD plant and lay down new underground sewage network of about 180 kilometers.

The city is spread in an area of more than 100 square kilometer and sub-divided into six sewerage zones – Digha, Beur, Saidpur, Kankarbagh, Pahari and Karmali Chak.

According to a World Bank survey, Patna is also one of the fastest growing cities in the world in terms of infrastructure development.

After the projects get commissioned, it is expected that no untreated water will go into the Ganga River from these zones and there would be no contamination and deterioration in the river's water quality.

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) will monitor the progress of the project construction to ensure that deadlines are met.

In early January, the Centre had given approval for several sewage treatment infrastructure projects in Haridwar and Varanasi, giving a push to the hybrid annuity-based scheme under the public private partnership (PPP) mode.

In Haridwar, approval was given for a 68 MLD sewage treatment plant in Jagjeetpur and another 14 MLD plant in Sarai was also approved. The Jagjeetpur plant has an indicative cost of Rs 110.30 crore and the Sarai plant will cost about Rs 25 crore.

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