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The SPV will ensure that demand-supply gap in respect of sewerage treatment in urban areas will be met in line with timeframe for cleaning the River Ganga.

Special Purpose Vehicle to maintain sewerage treatment plants in 118 cities along Ganga

New Delhi: The Ministry of Urban Development has proposed to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for setting up and maintenance of Sewerage Treatment Plans (STPs) in all the 118 cities and towns located along the River Ganga in a time-bound manner to check pollution of the river, IBN live reports. According to a government release, The SPV will ensure that demand-supply gap in respect of sewerage treatment in urban areas will be met in line with timeframe for cleaning the River Ganga.

This proposal was made at a review meeting on Namami Ganga on Wednesday and attended by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharati, Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Birendra Singh, EnvironmentMinister Prakash Javadekar and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma.

The Ministers discussed Action Plans for treatment of sewerage with timelines, rehabilitation of dysfunctional and sub-optimal STPs, plans for bridging mismatch between existing treatment capacity and the demand, capacity building of urban local bodies, modernization of existing crematoria, adoption of innovative technologies developed by BARC and IITs etc.

As against the sewerage treatment requirement of 3,847 million litres per day in all the 118 cities and towns in 2015 and the estimated demand of 4,773 MLD in 2030, the present available capacity is only 879 MLD while another 1,263 MLD capacity is under construction. The gap in demand and supply is 1,852 MLD at current demand and 2,664 MLD at 2030 demand.

Naidu said all the six state governments will be consulted and taken on board before going ahead with setting up of STPs as required to treat urban sewerage. To begin with, 56 cities and towns that accounts for about 80 per cent of sewerage generation will be focused in the first phase. He further said necessary action for setting up SPV will soon be taken. He said that STP capacity would be augmented to meet the 2030 demand.

The Ministers have noted that the provisions of existing Environment Protection Act are not adequate to address the issue of industrial affluents being discharged into Ganga River and the same needs to be revisited.

As a part of stakeholder consultations, a meeting of representatives of all 195 industrial units located alongside the Ganga will be held next month by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change followed by a meeting of Municipal Commissioners of all the 118 cities and towns on 17th February. State-wise consultations will be held in March, 2015.

Wednesday’s meeting was held in pursuance of the suggestion of the PMO to work out time-bound action plans focusing on primary components of Ganga pollution, liquid waste from urban and rural areas and industrial effluent discharge.

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