Bengaluru

Only 22 of city’s Sewage Treatment Plants follow norms

A little more than half of all Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in the city are estimated to be functioning according to norms.

In the past two months, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) formed four teams to inspect and monitor STPs at large apartments (with more than 100 dwelling units), malls and large commercial spaces where permission for treatment for water had been taken.

The move came following the severity of pollution in lakes in the city, with the frothing and foaming (and even the fire in the foam earlier in May) spurring the regulatory body to action.

Nearly 43 STPs were inspected and looked at, of which 22 were found to be non-compliant. Officials say the defaulters seem to more in the out-lying areas, where underground sewage lines were yet to be laid.



The flouting of the rules could be relatively minor such as not installing flow meters, but most were also found to discharge raw sewage without effective treatment or even completely bypassing treatment process.



“Within two days, these apartments and malls will be sent notices. Apartments will be given around 15 days before the second notice, after which if the non-compliance is observed, we will be issuing orders to cut off their electricity and water supply,” said Ramachandra, chairman, KSPCB.



More stringent action, however, is being planned for the four malls from where raw sewage was being let out. Restraining orders are expected to be passed on Tuesday against a six-storey mall at Bellandur Outer Ring Road.



The large-scale exercise, believed to have been conducted by the board for the first time, was fashioned to be a deterrent to the operators of STPs at nearly 600 apartments and commercial complexes.



“While it is difficult to cover all STPs with our staff strength, we will continue the monitoring and inspections and take action wherever we can,” said Mr. Ramachandra.

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