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Centre gives nod for Rs 1388-crore sewage works in Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi : The Centre has approved sewerage infrastructure and other projects worth Rs 1387.71 crore focusing on towns along the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh under its ongoing Namami gange programme.

The latest round of approved projects involve construction and renovation of sewage treatment plants, online monitoring systems of sewage treatment plants and other infrastructure projects.

In the Executive Committee meeting of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) held late last week, a sewage infrastructure project worth Rs 140.6 crore in Etawah was given the go-ahead. The project includes interception and diversion of Tixi Nala, upgradation of existing STPs including chlorination systems, a new STP of 2.1 crore litre per day sewage treatment capacity and online monitoring system of three STPs.

The project also includes operations and maintenance of the approved projects at a cost of Rs 49.74 crore.

In Firozabad, sewerage infrastructure a project worth Rs 51.08 crore have been approved. This involves tapping of two nalas, construction of two sewage pumping station, construction of main sewer lines and other development work besides operations and maintenance of the project for 15 years.

In Baghpat, projects worth Rs 77.36 crore have been given the go-ahead, including construction of a 1.4 crore litre per day STP, tapping of four nalas, construction of interception and main sewer line and sewage pumping station. After completion, the projects will be maintained over a period of 15 years.

In Meerut, projects worth Rs 681.78 crore for development of sewerage infrastructure have been sanctioned, including creation of new STP with capacity of 200 MLD, interception & diversion of the sewer lines and development of rising mains.

The NMCG has also approved sewerage infrastructure projects worth Rs 317.2 crore in Agra. These include online monitoring of six STPs, automation of existing 15 sewage pumping stations, renovation of sewage pumping stations and operations and maintenance of 29 nala tapings.

A project worth Rs 2.70 crore has been approved in Chunar for faecal sludge management & pollution abatement. This project will be executed by New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

The project includes creation of a 10 KLD faecal sludge treatment plant and has a component of operations & maintenance for five years besides creation of an enabling environment for project execution. For this, the NMCG has approved the training of urban local bodies (ULBs) and Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam (UPJN).

Other approved components in Chunar include sanitation survey, Geo-tagging of all properties along with Web-based GIS and MIS.

Under the biodiversity conservation component of the Namami Gange programme, some projects have also been approved to restore aquatic life in the Ganga.

The second phase of biodiversity conservation projects undertaken by Wildlife Institute of India (WII) involves planning and management for aquatic species conservation and maintenance of ecosystem services in Ganga.

The project includes science-based aquatic species conservation and maintenance of ecosystem services in the Ganga basin.

Other important components of the project include capacity building of forest department and other stakeholders for effective Ganga biodiversity conservation and community-based aquatic species conservation and outreach in Ganga basin.

This will allow for spreading the work done in the first phase to other rivers in the Ganga basin while scaling up interventions on the main stem of the river.

The Uttar Pradesh Forest Department will tale up another project, which focuses on development of captive breeding infrastructure by procurement of more breeding turtles & gharials. Another important component of the project is to develop and follow relevant animal husbandry protocols of national and international standards alongside strengthening the existing laboratory for aquatic biology and veterinary unit.

A project addressing the urban drivers of river health in the Ganga Basin was awarded to the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).

The project requires developing strategic guidelines to mainstream urban river management into a city’s master plan as well as support one selected Class-I town for the systematic preparation of an urban river management plan.

NIUA will also roll out three different capacity building modules for selected urban local bodies and other stakeholders in the knowledge and application of matters related to river health management.

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