Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister Anam Ramanarayan Reddy on Sunday inaugurated a sewage treatment plant of 38 million litres per day (mld) capacity constructed at a cost of Rs.37.08 crore in Ward 26 of the One Town area.

The plant treats 12 mld as of now covering a population of 1.61 lakh living in Wards 9 to 19. The full capacity is projected to be utilised in 2040 when 38 mld is expected to be generated.

The STP was constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission in which the Central and State Governments contribute 50 per cent and 20 per cent of the cost respectively and the GVMC the remaining 30 per cent.

Addressing a meeting, the minister said to make the city slum-free under Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) a Rs.25,000 crore plan was prepared in which 7,460 slums would be improved constructing houses and creating other amenities.

Second phase

Under the second phase of JNNURM, a plan for spending Rs.7,132 crore in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati was submitted to the Central Government.

Mr. Ramanarayan Reddy said that he would discuss with the port officials the pollution problem and also take steps to get the municipal stadium vacated by the CRPF.

Cheque given away

He gave away a cheque for Rs.10.13 lakh towards bank linkage to 712 women self-help groups.

Essar Steel Limited presented a cheque for Rs.1.26 lakh for using the water treated at the STP.

Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju assured that steps would be taken to improve drains and prevent flooding of low-lying areas.

Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao said Essar Steel would utilise 3.6 mld of treated water paying Rs.2 per litre resulting a revenue of Rs.2.16 lakh a month to the corporation. The Visakhapatnam Port Trust has also requisitioned for 7 mld of treated water.

Municipal Commissioner V.N. Vishnu, MLAs Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao, Malla Vijay Prasad, Tyanala Vijay Kumar, Engineer-in-Chief (Public Health) K.Chandrasekhar, GVMC Chief Engineer B. Jayarama Reddy, Superintendent Engineers C.G.K. Raju, T. Moses Kumar and Y. Simon Raju and corporators P. Varalakshmi, G. Gowri, P. Jyothi, M.Paiditalli and Co-opted member Y. Hemalata participated.

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