K. Srimali

Draft master plan open to public scrutiny till January 19

Bandar canal, Eluru canal and Ryve's canal are getting polluted because of the discharge of 66 millions litres of sewage everydayMunicipal Commissioner admits that the existing STPs are not fully functional

VIJAYAWADA: Seven Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) should be set up along the course of the three canals that traverse the city to treat the sewage that is getting discharged every day into the canals, says the draft zonal development plan (master plan) of Vijayawada.

The plan, which is open for public scrutiny till January 19, points out that the Bandar canal, Eluru canal and Ryve's canal are getting polluted because of the discharge of 66 millions litres of sewage everyday from 31 outlets.

This is almost half of the total 148 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage generated in the city.

The master plan refers to the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC)'s idea, mooted a couple of years ago, of setting up seven Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) with a total capacity of 51 MLD along the course of the three canals.

"The sewage, if untreated, will not only pollute both surface and groundwater but also render it unfit for irrigation purpose downstream," the plan notes.

While three STPs each are proposed along the course of Bandar canal and Ryve's canal, one STP is proposed on the Eluru canal. The STPs on the Bandar canal are proposed behind canal guest house (with a treatment capacity of 6 million litres per day), near Skew Bridge (2 MLD) and near Yanamalakuduru foot bridge (6 MLD).

On the Ryve's canal, they are proposed near Alluri Sitaramaraju bridge at Chuttugunta (7 MLD), near Madhuranagar temple (4 MLD) and at Gunadala Centre (20 MLD). The lone one on Eluru canal is proposed at a place opposite Prabhas College (6 MLD).

The draft plan says that the STPs at Ramalingeswara Nagar (32 MLD) and Autonagar (23 MLD) are still under execution, and hence only 20 MLD of sewage is getting treated at these plants. Municipal Commissioner Natarajan Gulzar admits that the existing STPs are not fully functional. Comprehensive scheme

But he says that in respect of setting up STPs and other related issues, the VMC would look beyond the draft master plan so as to execute a comprehensive underground drainage and treatment scheme. "We want to do every thing in a comprehensive manner with Rs. 130 crores of investment under JNNURM," he explains.

As three sump houses can service an STP, the Commissioner says that construction of sufficient number of sump houses is a prerequisite for constructing the STPs.

On whether STPs of smaller capacity to treat sewage water being let out into canals will be considered, Mr. Gulzar says the VMC will consider it on merit.