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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.
According to MCG officials , the Municipal Corporation has been asked by the principal secretary to complete the up-gradation of all STPs by June. “The plant is quite old and is unable to handle the present load and therefore it has been planned to increase its capacity from present 30 MLD to 50 MLD at a cost of Rs. 2 crore and the work is likely to get over by June this year. During the visit, it was found that one reactor was not functioning properly,” a senior official told times of India, Gurgaon.

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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