Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The city’s sewage treatment facility would be augmented to provide about 25 per cent more coverage when the projects sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Programme gets under way. This is the first time that sewage collection and treatment is being given proper consideration in the city that till now has only 4 per cent sewage coverage.

The work on the JNNURM project is expected to start soon. The initial estimate of Rs. 75 crore now enhanced to Rs. 140 crores includes construction of sewage treatment plant, setting up of ten pump houses and laying the sewage collecting pipelines.

As part of the first phase, Rs. 25-crore estimate for construction of the sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 24 million litres a day (mld) at Elamkulam near the existing plant was tendered.

The plant is coming up in about 2.5 acres of land adjacent to the existing plant.

The sewage pipeline would be laid in four zones and a tender for each zone would be called separately. The sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 24 mld at Fort Kochi would be executed by KSUDP with an ADB loan component.