Rs 419 crore to treat water entering Godavari

Rajahmundry: The Union Jal Shakti ministry has agreed, in principle, to sanction Rs 419.45 crore under the National River Conservation Project. The budget will be sanctioned in order to prepare a comprehensive plan to ensure that untreated water does not enter River Godavari.
The plant will include the construction of a sewage treatment plant (STP), I&D (interception and diversion) facilities, laying of trunk mains, sub mains, lateral sewer lines, inspection chambers and house service connections within the ambits of Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation.
The nearly 5.6lakh population of Rajahmundry will benefit from this move. Moreover, downstream of River Godavari is a source of drinking water for the population of East and West Godavari.
Currently, the sewage treatment plant is able to process only 30MLD (million litres per day) with up-flow anaerobic sludge. The requirement is of 66MLD.
The UASB (upflow anaerobic sludge blanket) technology built in 2003 needs an upgrade to meet the standards set by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). There is no underground drainage system in Rajahmundry.
Speaking to TOI, OM Prakash, superintending engineer at the Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation confirmed the sanctioning of the amount and said that the amount is slated to be released in the 2020-21 fiscal.
Prakash said that three more sewage treatment plants will be constructed and the existing STP will be upgraded by making use of the funds.
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