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Namami Gange: Another eight STP projects for UP, WB, Bihar approved

New Delhi : Continuing its approval process for sewage treatment infrastructure projects along the Ganga, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has given the go-ahead to eight such projects spread across Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

Along with a project on river front development and a Ganga Knowledge Centre, the projects envisage an investment of about Rs 2033 crore. Some of the projects will be taken up under the hybrid annuity-based public private partnership (PPP) model.

In Bihar, three major sewage infrastructure projects with an estimated cost of Rs 1461 crore have been approved for Barh, Kankarbagh and Digha. These projects will create additional sewage treatment capacity of 161 million litre per day (MLD) -- 100 MLD in Digha, 50 MLD in Kankarbagh and 11 MLD in Barh.

In Kankarbagh and Digha sewerage zones of Patna, there is no sewage treatment plant at all. Under the Namami Gange scheme, creation of 200 MLD sewage treatment capacity has already been sanctioned in remaining four sewerage zones in Patna – Beur, Saidpur, Karmalichak and Pahari.

In West Bengal, three projects at an estimated cost of Rs 495.47 crore have been approved. Out of these, two pertain to sewage infrastructure while the third one is for river front development.

Pollution abatement and rehabilitation works for Ganga in Howrah and Tolly’s Nullah (popularly known as Adi Ganga), a tributary of Ganga in Kolkata have been approved with total estimated cost of Rs 492.34 crore. These two projects will create additional sewage treatment capacity of 91 MLD in Kolkata.

A detailed project report (DPR) for renovation of Boral ferry and Boral bathing ghats in Nabadwip town of West Bengal has also been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 3.13 crore, which would include river bank protection work, construction of waiting rooms, stairs, and seating arrangements.

In Uttar Pradesh, sewage infrastructure work in Chunar in Mirzapur district has also been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 27.98 crore, under which an STP of 2 MLD capacity will be set up apart from interception and diversion of drains.

The projects in Kankarbagh and Digha in Bihar and Howrah and Kolkata in West Bengal will be taken up under the hybrid annuity-based PPP model, in which 60 per cent of capital cost will be paid to the contractor over a period of 15 years on the basis of his work performance on the achievement of desired norms of treated wastewater.

A project to establish Ganga Monitoring Centres (GMC) in five riparian Ganga states has also been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 46.69 crore.

The objectives of establishing GMCs are efficient monitoring of wholesomeness of river including pollution levels, flow levels, point and non-point sources of pollution, periodic reporting of monitored parameters to NMCG/SPMG/District Ganga Committee, remedial actions by NMCG on its basis and collation of data sets.

Also, two pilot demonstrative projects of treatment of drains using bio-remediation method have been approved. The drains, which will be treated with this technology, are Danapur drain in Patna and Nehru drain in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh at a total estimated cost of Rs 1.63 crore. All these projects will be funded 100 per cent by the Central Government.

Just 10 days ago, the NMCG had approved another six sewage treatment infrastructure projects entailing an investment of Rs 414 crore in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar under the Namami Gange programme.

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