Up-gradation of Sewage Treatment Plant in Gurgaon faces shortage of funds
The Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Dhanwapur, Gurgaon will be upgraded. The decision was taken when the principal secretary Raghavendra Rao of the urban local bodies visited the site on Wednesday. The visit was scheduled when the High Court ordered all civic agencies in the state to make sure that the discharge from all the STPs in is accordance with the the parameters laid down by the environment board.
While hearing a PIL last month, the
Punjab and Haryana
High Court asked every civic agency-urban local
bodies department, public health engineering department, HUDA and
HSIIDC to ensure that the STPs under them meet all the criterion laid
down by the environment board. The PIL professed that many STP were
functioning without the consent of the pollution board.
The state chief secretary SC Chaudhary,
in its defence, informed the court that since there is a problem of
funds, setting up of new plants or expanding the capacity of the
already existing plants was not possible.
The principal secretary of the urban
local bodies department, talking about the sewage handling capacity
of Gurgaon and Faridabad said that these plants are old and require
up-gradation. He also claimed that plans are being made to set up
plants to take care of the needs of next 20 years, but admitted that
there can be a delay in the implementation of new plants due to lack
of funds. The next hearing in the case is on May 28.
The Chief Secretary, following the
court directions, held a meeting last week in Chandigarh asked all
agencies to seek the consent of the environment department before
upgrading the existing STPs and as well as setting up new ones.
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