A 50 MLD sewerage treatment plant (STP)was inaugurated near 3BRD on Friday making Chandigarh the first city in the country where 100 per cent sewerage treatment is being done. The treated water would be used for irrigation purpose.
Chandigarh generates about 65 Million Gallons per day (MGD) of sewage and the existing facility was 56.25 MGD. By addition of 11 MGD or 50 MLD STP the city will have 100 per cent sewage treatment facility. The operation of the plant is based on programmable logic controller. The sewage that is treated will have particulate matter which is equivalent to the tertiary level treatment. The plant has uninterrupted source of electric power.
The inauguration of the plant was done by UT Adviser K K Sharma who also planted a sapling. The Adviser said that the UT Administration is regularly empowering the MC by transferring various departments to MC. He added that the Administration has already earmarked land for provision of civil dispensaries in southern sectors and MC will start work soon.
Chandigarh is covered with piped sewerage system and it is the only city in India which has separate system of sewerage and storm water drainage. There are no intermittent pumping stations for sewage,the whole sewage flows by gravity.
Mayor Subhash Chawla said that recently the UT Administration has transferred the work of constructing of underpasses on roads to the MC. The project will be started soon keeping in mind the increasing traffic problem.
Area councillor Davesh Moudgil said that the MC is developing all the basic amenities in the city. He said that UT Administration should earmark land for the provision of civil dispensary and sports complex in Sector 48.
Several MC and Administration officials and councillors attended the inauguration.