Jan 08, 2013
Source : The Times Of India
BHUBANESWAR: There will be no immediate respite from high level of pollution in city water bodies as the proposed sewerage treatment plants here will take at least a year for completion.
In the absence of sewerage treatment plants, the household wastes are being discharged directly into three major water bodies in the city - Kuakhai river, Gangua nala and Daya river - causing water pollution. The wastes mostly contain highly biodegradable organics and suspended solid.
Sources said per day 120 million litre of waste are being channeled to water affecting aquatic life and depleting dissolved oxygen. "The sewerage contains pathogenic bacteria, which can cause diseases like typhoid, dysentery, skin rashes and other water-borne ailments since the water is being used for bathing," said senior environment scientist at Orissa State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) Dilip Kumar Behera.
The work on sewerage treatment plants at five places - Basughai, Kochilaput, Meherpali, Paikraypur and Rokat - began in 2009. But, the work is going at a snail's pace. "Until now sewers have been laid on 150 km out of total length of 412 km. It is taking time because of land acquisition problems. However, we are hopeful of completing the mega sewerage project by March, 2014," said member secretary, Orissa Water Supply and Sewerage Board (OWSSB) L K Mohanty. He said that as per the OSPCB guidelines, the sewerage treatment plants are being set up.
Sources said Rs 754 crore has been earmarked for the project. The fund has been provided by the Centre under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). "As of now we have spent Rs 165 crore," said Mohanty.