The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporations (AMC) ambitious project worth Rs 255 crore,aiming at reclaiming water for Sabarmati river by treating citys sewage,seems to be in doldrums as the project failed to get approval by the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The CSMC has raised certain serious objections on the Detailed Project Report (DPR) recently submitted to the Committee by the AMC. As the project seeks sanctioning under JNNURM,it is learnt that these objections pertain to its purpose and usability for public at large. Further,AMC has been advised to make some major modifications in order to get the approval under JNNURM.
However,terming these objections as queries raised by the Committee,AMC Municipal Commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra,who had termed the project to be the first-of-its-kind in the country where a river will be filled up with good quality tertiary water,claimed that the project will certainly get approval under JNNURM. We cannot call these as objections,but there are some queries being raised by the CSMC. The Committee had asked for some modifications which are being worked upon by the team of experts and we are hopeful that the technical report being prepared will certainly get approval in the next meeting scheduled in the coming month.
The project,which has already received flak by the Opposition within AMC,aims at addressing issues like an increase in the demand for potable water,river conservation,water recharging,maintenance of ecological balance of aquatic life and replacing Narmada water for sustaining riverfront recreational activities. Also,the project talks about using treated water for gardening,for which water from borewells is being used.
For the treatment of water,apart from the two existing Secondary Treated Plants (STP) at Pirana and Vasana,three tertiary treatment plants are proposed to be set up at Dafnala,Shankar Bhavan at Shahpur and near Dandi Bridge. Out of 900 million litres of sewage water generated daily,AMC plans a total of 180 MLD (million litres per day) of water to be treated at these five plants – 60 MLD each at Pirana and Dandi Bridge and 30 MLD each at Dafnala and Shankar Bhavan.
At present,the water from Narmada river is diverted to Sabarmati in order to keep it flowing.