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Officials sweat as flood water submerges stp

The rising flood waters,highest since 1978 as per Flood Control Department officials,further threatened to break through the sluice gates of the plant and enter residential areas

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: August 26, 2013 5:12:42 am

Ganga’s rising flood waters on Sunday completely submerged the Bakshi Bandh Sewage Treatment Plant (with a capacity of 29 million litres per day) along with the adjoining power sub-station.

The rising flood water,highest since 1978 as per Flood Control Department officials,further threatened to break through the sluice gates of the plant and enter the residential areas.

The officials,however,claimed that the sluice gates have been secured with the Army already been called to help with the restoration of the plant and the sub-station.

The STP’s embankment had begun getting submerged on Friday with flood water entering due to back-flow from the discharge outlet.

The entire administration,along with the engineers of the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam,have been trying to stem the back-flow to ensure the STP remains parched.

“The water entered the STP suddenly,breaking the embankment,around noon. Efforts are now on to plug the gap,’’ Additional City Magistrate (First),Pushkar Srivastava said.

The District Magistrate and other officials of the administration,too,are stationed at the spot,trying to contain the damage. Witnesses said the breach in the STP’s boundary wall was around 30-35 feet wide.

An Army spokesperson confirmed that a team of around 40 men is helping the district administration.

Meanwhile,the flood control department officials said this year’s water level has been the highest since 1978 when it was recorded at 88.79 metres.

Ganga’s current water level is 86.63 metres at Phaphamau and 85.8 metres at Chhatnag observation points,up against the danger mark of 84.734 metres.

“The water level is still increasing at the rate of one cm per hour,although it has come down since Saturday when it was flowing at 4 cm an hour,’’ an official said.

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